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Old 10-02-2004, 09:34 AM   #1
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Background noise too loud

Hi, I think I may have a problem, but I'm not sure. Alot of times, I have trouble hearing someone when they are talking to me, especially if there is noise in the background. It doesn't seem like I am having trouble hearing, as most noise seems pretty loud to me, and I am always lowering peoples radios. A friend told me a while ago that her father had a condition where he would hear background noise overpowering direct noise.

Has anyone heard of anything like this, and if so, can point me to some information about it? Thanks alot!

 
Old 10-12-2004, 10:36 PM   #2
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Re: Background noise too loud

I have exactly the same problem. From what I've read on here, this is one sign of having some high-frequency loss. Being presently underemployed, I don't have the insurance coverage to see a specialist about it, so I just have to live with it for now.

There is also a condition which has this as a symptom. Its name escapes me now, but the idea of it is that there isn't any hearing loss, but it is a problem with your brain not being able to process all of the noice correctly, and the noise you want to hear gets confused with the background noise.

I don't know how bad your problem is, but I'm at the point where it is annoying and almost but not quite debilitating. A couple examples:

If you're a passenger in my car and want to talk to me, the windows all need to be up or I can't hear you over the wind noise, even at slow speeds.
If we're in a moderately noisy room, I need to turn my head so the person I want to hear is taking directly into my ear.
If I'm in the kitchen and the microwave is on or the water is running, I can't quite make out what someone in the next room is saying.

 
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Old 11-30-2004, 11:23 AM   #3
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Re: Background noise too loud

I have had a similar problem for many years. I am completly dear in my left year with normal hearing in my right. However, I can't stand sudden loud noises. A car door being slammed by someone getting out can actually me dizzy and not able to drive for a few moments. It is called hyper accusis (sp?) and can cause all sorts of problems relating to people. I also have tinutus in my right ear which seems to be agravated when a storm is approaching. Any ideas about how to cope with the loud noises would be aprecaited.

 
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