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Grizzly Weinstein
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April 2009
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Grizzly Weinstein [userpic]
What did you say?

This might come as a shock to those who know me; I need hearing-aides. I went to the audiologist today and was tested. My ears tested perfectly, unfortunately my brain didn't. What this means is my ears pickup and convert sound just fine, my brain doesn't seem to process them correctly. I wish I had paid more attention to what the frequency was that the drop-off starts at; it was essentially the right half of the graph (higher frequencies being on the right hand side). This makes it so I have trouble distinguishing words, which leads me to misunderstanding what is be said or thinking the person speaking is spouting nonsense. I have know I have had hearing loss since I was a child, but I never realized it was my brain, not my ears. I was also under the impression it was worse in one ear than in the other, but it is the same in both.

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My hearing lacks range in both ears (though one ear barely hears anything at all), so I know a bit about what you are talking about. I've never heard of this being a "brain" issue though.
Weird :)

Dictonary time for me

Sorry she said it was neurological. The dictionary in my head gave me the wrong definition.

If it's in the brain, how will hearing aids help? Curious..

Neurological, not in the brain, sorry; my bad definition.
It amplifies the frequencies that I don't hear well to a loud enough level so I can hear them.

Interesting, that's the same general range that my problem is in.

I'm also a little confused at what they mean by "in the brain". In the outer and middle ear they can tell what the problem is; the balance tubes they can tell by, well, when you can't balance; but problems in the inner ear (cochlea and auditory nerve) they pretty much only can tell by process of elimination. That's where my problem is, and they only know because they can tell it's not anything else.

I assume they stuck you in the sound booth and played beeps and words at you - were you hearing all the beeps, but not being able to distinguish the words? That's the only way I can think of for this effect to show up.

They can always play sounds though at certain pitches and see if you can hear them (I believe this is how my range was determined).

Language is hard

My brain dictionary is at fault.

The Audiologist said it was neurological. As for the tests, they did some pressure test and played beeps and were able to gauge the physical response. Then they played beeps and asked me raise my hand if I heard anything. Then they had me repeat words.
After a certain (not to high) frequency I was unable to hear the beeps until they were much louder and then they weren't very loud for me. I didn't do as badly as expected with the words until they tried the words with a small bit of background noise.

wahoo!


Hmmm.. sounds a little like auditory (going to mispell this) dyslexia. That's also a sound decoding issue. You might want to check into that too, especially if the hearing aid doesn't help any.

You already knew that

So the doctor confr\irmed what you already knew, but finally given a reason as to why. Although, I was convinced for a very long time that it was selective (you chose to hear nothing in the same frequencies as my voice).

Maybe you should carry around a tablet and have people write on it. You could look like Moses and have an air of importance and rightousness(or lunacy).

btw, what's with the poor grammar? Your English used to be so precise.