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Old 06.09.2011, 16:36
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Re: Background Noise Problem or Cocktail Party Syndrome (CPS)

At least here I have the excuse that it's all a foreign language to me....whether I can hear it or not!
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Re: Background Noise Problem or Cocktail Party Syndrome (CPS)

Thats exactly the case. For me too it's exhausting and I feel like a fool smiling when I'm not always sure what they have said and just guessing on a word I accidently could catch. and also so frustrating to say 'sorry I am a bit deaf can you speak louder' sigh.
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Old 06.09.2011, 16:48
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Thats exactly the case. For me too it's exhausting and I feel like a fool smiling when I'm not always sure what they have said and just guessing on a word I accidently could catch. and also so frustrating to say 'sorry I am a bit deaf can you speak louder' sigh.
And feel even more foolish when they then roll their eyes and start speaking English.
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Old 06.09.2011, 18:10
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Nil, have you had your hearing checked recently? Have you ever gone through any central auditory processing testing, perhaps as a child? Auditory processing disorders relate to normal functional hearing but the brain cannot sort multiple sound inputs to it, so that the signals cannot be understood.
Sometimes hearing aids can help to distinguish certain signals from others, and often a form of auditory training or sound therapy can help too.

I went through a central auditory processing testing 10 years ago. It came out quite unusual. I have a very sensitive hearing of very high signals. I was way above the average of how sensitive I was to hear those signals. For exemple, I never hear my neighbours but I can hear their vaccum cleaner very high pitch noise very clearly, which gives me nausea and headaches.
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actually there are different reasons behind hearing loss. Not necessarily getting old :-)
Yes, hearing loss can start at any age.
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And feel even more foolish when they then roll their eyes and start speaking English.
hahah that rolling eyes. Exactly. so horrible .
shame on them :-)
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Old 07.09.2011, 17:08
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When I was young, my parents kept asking me: Are you deaf? Because they had to constantly repeat what they just said. But I wasn't nor that is was out of an habit but because of the background noise.

To the point than I can't identify where a noise is coming from. I can hear a tic and I think it is coming from the kitchen but it is actually coming from outside, etc.

In a group, I do a lot the lip reading to follow and it is tiring.
You should get your hearing checked!

This is a huge problem for me and I don't go out mostly because of this. My problem is clear though, I am actually profoundly deaf in one ear and the other ear has a lot of work to do. I also have to lip read in groups.

I feel for you, I know it's not cool.
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I went through a central auditory processing testing 10 years ago. It came out quite unusual. I have a very sensitive hearing of very high signals. I was way above the average of how sensitive I was to hear those signals. For exemple, I never hear my neighbours but I can hear their vaccum cleaner very high pitch noise very clearly, which gives me nausea and headaches.
You should go for more than an auditory test.

I hear very high up the scale, but because I think I am over-compensating. I can hear light bulbs singing, they drive me nuts. Go to an ENT specialist and ask if these are symptomatic enough to get a scan.
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You should go for more than an auditory test.

I hear very high up the scale, but because I think I am over-compensating. I can hear light bulbs singing, they drive me nuts. Go to an ENT specialist and ask if these are symptomatic enough to get a scan.
That is so annoying! When I was at Uni, I could hear people writting on their papers during exams, I couldn't focus because of all the schrrrchsccchsrrrlk...
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Re: Background Noise Problem or Cocktail Party Syndrome (CPS)

Oh it does feel good to read this thread, I thought I was going nuts. I have this problem too, I did go for an auditory test but not with a doctor. I was told that I can hear high frequency very well too.
I'm stumped, I don't know how to evaluate this either.
Thank Nil for speaking up
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Re: Background Noise Problem or Cocktail Party Syndrome (CPS)

It's all making sense now.
Thankfully I don't suffer from this condition but whenever I'm in the pub talking to my friends, they experience this phenomenon. They just look uninterested, distant and switch off, and often walk away. Come to think of it my colleagues at work do this too.
Strange that so many people I know have this but I don't.
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Re: Background Noise Problem or Cocktail Party Syndrome (CPS)

Its your cream striped jacket. It sends out all the wrong signals.

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It's all making sense now.
Thankfully I don't suffer from this condition but whenever I'm in the pub with my friends they experience this phenomenon and they just look uninterested, distant and switch off, and often walk away. Come to think of it my colleagues at work do this too.
Strange that so many people I know have this but I don't.
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