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    I have just been diagnosed with a Similar diagnosis. Can anyone Tell me how to get over this Problem? I thought i was going deaf! That was a wierd twist!

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    I don't, but I'll throw this out. I'm a very good musician and I have a theory as to what makes many of us, musicians. Most people who have normal hearing, have the ability to not hear all the residual sounds. Their brain enables them to zero in on one sound at a time, usually the person talking to them, or whatever it is they want to hear. But some of us, hear all the sounds and our brains begin to process all those sounds at once.

    I don't know if you've ever used a mixing board, but it's an electronic device used to process many audio inputs. Put simply, if you have a band, all the microphones get plugged into the board as well as the instruments. Then the sound guy adjusts all the levels, loud, soft, medium so that the audience hears the balanced sounds between the instruments and the vocals.

    I've envisioned my brain as having this mixing board that makes me hear all the sounds. Some might be louder and some softer, but if I'm in a room where everyone is talking, or even if there is a squeaking noise while someone is speaking, the other noises become very annoying.

    But here's the plus side for me. When I listen to my choir during rehearsal, I can hear all the four parts and to some degree, all the different voices. I am readily able to process that and correct wrong notes or change how one singer is sounding a particular vowel sound.

    Even better, when I listen to a recording of a big symphony, I hear all the parts and I process what each part is doing not only musically, but mathematically. My theory is that having this ability is what might make some of us musically talented.

    For you, trying to process one teacher who is lecturing against all the other ambient noise can become a big, overburdening problem. People who wear hearing aids complain of this very problem because the hearing aid is amplifying all the sounds in the room.

    As a solution that might work but probably won't, when I was playing in a rock band, I would often wear one earplug in the ear that was closest to the rest of the band. That way I could hear me through the unplugged ear, but the rest of the band was muted. I'm not sure how that would work in a classroom setting though.

    Of course, everyone else should be quiet in a classroom because it's all about courtesy. Maybe you could have your professor give you a copy of his or her notes. They do that in special education classes in public school, so it's not unheard of.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Angelic View Post
    I have just been diagnosed with a Similar diagnosis. Can anyone Tell me how to get over this Problem? I thought i was going deaf! That was a wierd twist!
    Many of us Autistics have difficulty with Audio Processing.
    A PhD Aspie Lady Mathematician I know has it, plus a ScD Aspie Guy Computer Scientist I know too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dogboy View Post
    I don't, but I'll throw this out. I'm a very good musician and I have a theory as to what makes many of us, musicians. Most people who have normal hearing, have the ability to not hear all the residual sounds. Their brain enables them to zero in on one sound at a time, usually the person talking to them, or whatever it is they want to hear. But some of us, hear all the sounds and our brains begin to process all those sounds at once.

    I don't know if you've ever used a mixing board, but it's an electronic device used to process many audio inputs. Put simply, if you have a band, all the microphones get plugged into the board as well as the instruments. Then the sound guy adjusts all the levels, loud, soft, medium so that the audience hears the balanced sounds between the instruments and the vocals.

    I've envisioned my brain as having this mixing board that makes me hear all the sounds. Some might be louder and some softer, but if I'm in a room where everyone is talking, or even if there is a squeaking noise while someone is speaking, the other noises become very annoying.

    But here's the plus side for me. When I listen to my choir during rehearsal, I can hear all the four parts and to some degree, all the different voices. I am readily able to process that and correct wrong notes or change how one singer is sounding a particular vowel sound.

    Even better, when I listen to a recording of a big symphony, I hear all the parts and I process what each part is doing not only musically, but mathematically. My theory is that having this ability is what might make some of us musically talented.

    For you, trying to process one teacher who is lecturing against all the other ambient noise can become a big, overburdening problem. People who wear hearing aids complain of this very problem because the hearing aid is amplifying all the sounds in the room.

    As a solution that might work but probably won't, when I was playing in a rock band, I would often wear one earplug in the ear that was closest to the rest of the band. That way I could hear me through the unplugged ear, but the rest of the band was muted. I'm not sure how that would work in a classroom setting though.

    Of course, everyone else should be quiet in a classroom because it's all about courtesy. Maybe you could have your professor give you a copy of his or her notes. They do that in special education classes in public school, so it's not unheard of.
    I don't have that, but! Dogboy, fun fact, that is a function of the thalamus, in the diencephalon of the brain. Your thalamus "filters out" the background noise and allows you to focus on one person talking in a crowded room. (Sorry. I just got excited. I had an exam on that this morning.)

    OP, I'm not sure how you can "get over" this problem. But there are ways you could try to adapt. For classroom use, maybe see if you can get a tape recorder or use your phone to record lectures. Put the tape recorder closer to your teacher. I have a hard time listening in my class of 200 people. Luckily, my professor records the lectures from the computer at the front of the room where he stands. I just watch them online now. It's awesome. I hope that works for you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Angelic View Post
    I have just been diagnosed with a Similar diagnosis. Can anyone Tell me how to get over this Problem? I thought i was going deaf! That was a wierd twist!
    Sadly I can't help, but have you had a full discussion with your doctor? That would be where I would start asking for advice.



    Quote Originally Posted by DLsGirlfriend View Post
    I don't have that, but! Dogboy, fun fact, that is a function of the thalamus, in the diencephalon of the brain. Your thalamus "filters out" the background noise and allows you to focus on one person talking in a crowded room. (Sorry. I just got excited. I had an exam on that this morning.)
    Ooh, ooh! (*Raises hand, eagerly*). Isn't that called "dichotic listening", miss?
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dichotic_listening
    http://opl.apa.org/Experiments/About...Listening.aspx



    Hope your exam went well... I got my fingers crossed for ya!

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    My hearing is weird, it's like it's farsighted. While I might not be able to properly process someone talking to me up close in a crowded room, if you say my name from a distance in the same room, I totally heard that.

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    Isn't it the most annoying thing? I hate asking people over and over to repeat themselves, so sometimes I just nod my head and go with the flow.

    I always hope that I'm not nodding my head and saying "uh huh" to the wrong things.

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    I got away with not Paying the Full amount for the Bus because of it so i guess it has its perks

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    I just say i am hard of hearing

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    I've had to say that in the past, although I always feel weird about saying it since I really can hear well... but maybe it really is accurate even if it's more of a processing issue.

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