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Auditory processing disorder?

Posted by on Jun. 17, 2013 at 3:57 AM
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Does anyone have any experience with this?  I'm actually not asking for my kids but for myself.  

I have had issues with "hearing" people for quite some time.  My hearing seems to be okay (maybe not 100% but enough to were I should be able to function normally).  But, like I've told my husband, I hear what someone's saying but it takes me a moment to understand what they are saying.  Sometimes it's worse than others, and it's horrible when there is a lot of background noise.  My mom is convinced I have hearing loss because when I talk with her on the phone (she lives in a different state so that's our main for of communication) I will pause after she says something before I respond.  She's noticed that issue for years now, and sometimes it's worse than others.

Sometimes I will have to have someone say something 3 times and still not know what they said.  I feel like an idiot because I've heard them say it 3 times and don't know what was said.  I fear people think I'm just not paying attention and I'm waisting their time.  Another example is I can hear the beep of the coffee maker or the buzz of the dryer just fine.  However sometimes it just blends in to the background and I'm left wondering if it went off and why I never heard it.

Please, if you have experience with this, where do I go from here.  I don't want to see a whole bunch of specialists.  On the other hand it would be nice to be able to explain to people my issue so that they don't think I'm either rude or an idiot.

by on Jun. 17, 2013 at 3:57 AM
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bekalynne440
by on Jun. 17, 2013 at 10:01 AM
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bekalynne440
by on Jun. 17, 2013 at 1:00 PM
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Pukalani79
by Ivy on Jun. 17, 2013 at 1:20 PM

 You sound like me.  I dont have a processing disorder, but I do have hearing loss.  Since I was 17 I've been steadily losing my hearing, especially on one side.  I had a stapedectomy when I was 18 and they said that the bones had actually fused together, so there was very little vibrating happening.  The prosthesis helped, but it's no longer in place, and no longer doing it's job.  A second surgery is out of the question for me - the risks to the hearing I do have outweigh the chances of improvement, imo.  I used a hearing aid for awhile, but it didn't do a great job filtering out the background noise.  I know they've made a lot of improvements in that area, so I'd like to go back and look into that again.  I think going in and having your hearing checked would probably be a wise idea.   It's very frustrating to not be able to hear right.  Hopefully you'll be able to get some answers. Even if you dont do anything to correct it, you can always say "Sorry, I have a hearing loss, so if I dont answer you right away, that's why."

emarin77
by Silver Member on Jun. 17, 2013 at 1:24 PM

Hi!  I have Central Auditory Processing Disorder too.  You can have it diagnosed by a specialized audiologist who tests for auditory processing disorders.  Most people with this condition have normal hearing, as I do.  Just go to a reguler audiologist to be tested.  Before the 90s they didn't know what CAPD was, now they test children when they are age 6.  CAPD can effect anyone's ability to comprehend what they are reading and have difficulties in math.  Noise can be a big factor in making someone not able to speak to another person.  Too much noise can also hurts a person's ears.  Another problem can be if the other person is in another room and speaking.  You cannot clearly state what the other is saying.  The best advice I've been told by a speech pathologist is to talk right in front of the other person in a quiet area.     

bekalynne440
by on Jun. 17, 2013 at 1:50 PM
I was planning to get my hearing tested anyways to be on the safe side. I didn't know about adiologists until today. My ear doctor growing up was an ent (ear, nose and throat doctor).

I do better if I can see the person talking, though that could be CAPD or hearing loss. I also have trouble with reading certain things. When the writer tries to get "creative" in their writing style I struggle to follow along (which is creating an issue right now because there is a book I really want to get the information from but struggle with the writing style). I don't like too much noise and find it hard to think when it is louder.

Oh, I also remember years back I got my hearing tested. They said my hearing was on the low side of normal. My dad told the ent that often times I had issues hearing my parents. The dr said it was just selective hearing, and I thought to myself "It's not on purpose; I'm not trying to not hear them,"

It's definitely something I plan to get checked out.


Quoting emarin77:

Hi!  I have Central Auditory Processing Disorder too.  You can have it diagnosed by a specialized audiologist who tests for auditory processing disorders.  Most people with this condition have normal hearing, as I do.  Just go to a reguler audiologist to be tested.  Before the 90s they didn't know what CAPD was, now they test children when they are age 6.  CAPD can effect anyone's ability to comprehend what they are reading and have difficulties in math.  Noise can be a big factor in making someone not able to speak to another person.  Too much noise can also hurts a person's ears.  Another problem can be if the other person is in another room and speaking.  You cannot clearly state what the other is saying.  The best advice I've been told by a speech pathologist is to talk right in front of the other person in a quiet area.     


emarin77
by Silver Member on Jun. 17, 2013 at 2:07 PM

You can have your ear, nose, throat doctor can check your ears to do your reguler hearing test.

bekalynne440
by on Jun. 17, 2013 at 2:18 PM

I live in a different state now.  I haven't been to my old ent in over 10 years, though I've known for years I need to get checked out.  If an adiologist can do the hearing test I think I'll just go with that.


Quoting emarin77:

You can have your ear, nose, throat doctor can check your ears to do your reguler hearing test.



Bmat
by Barb on Jun. 17, 2013 at 2:22 PM

I have a little hearing loss, but I've always had trouble figuring out what people are saying. I even frequently have people ask me again when all I am doing is hesitating to think what they said and how to answer. The worst was in French class when I had to have everything repeated. I couldn't make out what the professor was saying with just the one time.

bekalynne440
by on Jun. 17, 2013 at 2:28 PM

I have that too where someone will ask me a question and repeat themselves while I'm still trying to think of what to say.  Sometimes it takes me long enough to form a responce that I give up responding because the moment has passed.


Quoting Bmat:

I have a little hearing loss, but I've always had trouble figuring out what people are saying. I even frequently have people ask me again when all I am doing is hesitating to think what they said and how to answer. The worst was in French class when I had to have everything repeated. I couldn't make out what the professor was saying with just the one time.



Bmat
by Barb on Jun. 17, 2013 at 2:33 PM

Yes! This is it exactly!

Quoting bekalynne440:

I have that too where someone will ask me a question and repeat themselves while I'm still trying to think of what to say.  Sometimes it takes me long enough to form a responce that I give up responding because the moment has passed.


Quoting Bmat:

I have a little hearing loss, but I've always had trouble figuring out what people are saying. I even frequently have people ask me again when all I am doing is hesitating to think what they said and how to answer. The worst was in French class when I had to have everything repeated. I couldn't make out what the professor was saying with just the one time.




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