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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!

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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.

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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