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2013-04-07 02:30:28 PM
Came for Garret Morris. Leaving happy.
 
2013-04-07 02:32:21 PM
I can't feels anymoar...
 
2013-04-07 04:11:14 PM
All those examples sounded the same to me


WHAAAAT?
 
2013-04-07 04:53:33 PM

Hack Patooey: Tinnitus sucks. Keeps me awake at night, and I havent heard "silence" in years. Sometimes I want to cry.


A little white noise, like an air filter, helps with that.
 
2013-04-07 05:04:03 PM
HOH here.  Low talkers are the bane of me.  Both of my bosses are terrible low-talkers, and even after repeated gentle reminders that "I really need you to speak up and enunciate a bit more when you're talking with me", after about two sentences it's back to muble wuddle wa ruddle, etc.
 
2013-04-07 06:29:52 PM
I have hearing loss in one ear, which is similar to listening with your finger in your ear. It isn't all that bad, but I have Tinnitus now too in that ear and it sucks.
 
2013-04-07 06:43:25 PM

marius2: WordyGrrl:

Yep, that's all been my experience, too.

I've not gone a second date with a girl once because she got annoyed that I asked her to repeat something three times. I knew the relationship was never going to work, hah. I tell people to just get used to me asking "What?"

I'm glad the hearing aid is working nicely for you :) I'm sure one day I'll get one if I ever feel like I can't be productive, or if I feel I really need one. But for now, I'll just deal.


That's one of the lovely things about hearing loss, that effect it has on other people. It may not bother you (and I also like a quiet world), but it bothers the hell out of everyone you have to communicate with. After a while, they just sort of stop trying to communicate with you because it's "too hard." I finally broke down and asked the VA to get me one because I'm going to school and I couldn't hear what the profs are saying if they weren't facing the class while they said it. So, for purely selfish GPA-related reasons on my part. It's a super-tiny device, nobody can tell I'm wearing it and the difference is enormous, not just because of all the new stuff I can hear now, but social interactions are much easier because I don't have to ask people to repeat themselves all the time. So when you do break down and get one, you'll be amazed with it.
 
2013-04-07 06:47:05 PM
WordyGrrl:

That's one of the lovely things about hearing loss, that effect it has on other people. It may not bother you (and I also like a quiet world), but it bothers the hell out of everyone you have to communicate with. After a while, they just sort of stop trying to communicate with you because it's "too hard." I finally broke down and asked the VA to get me one because I'm going to school and I couldn't hear what the profs are saying if they weren't facing the class while they said it. So, for purely selfish GPA-related reasons on my part. It's a super-tiny device, nobody can tell I'm wearing it and the difference is enormous, not just because of all the new stuff I can hear now, but social interactions are much easier because I don't have to ask people to repeat themselves all the time. So when you do break down and get one, you'll be amazed with it.

Doesn't sound selfish to me, you made the right choice :) If it affected me enough that it really made school hard I would have done the same thing. I just get pissed when people take the front row seats and then just play on their comps the whole time.....
 
2013-04-07 07:08:04 PM

Hack Patooey: Tinnitus sucks. Keeps me awake at night, and I havent heard "silence" in years. Sometimes I want to cry.


I hear your pain.
/Tinnitus since '97
 
2013-04-07 07:35:47 PM

rkiller1: Hack Patooey: Tinnitus sucks. Keeps me awake at night, and I havent heard "silence" in years. Sometimes I want to cry.

I hear your pain.
/Tinnitus since '97


Since I was 3 or 4, I've had it too (29 now). I downloaded a white noise program a few years ago that is AWESOME. Some nights it's the only thing that gets me to sleep.

I also have moderate hearing loss in both ears, which sucks the big one.
 
2013-04-07 08:03:27 PM

Mein Fuhrer I Can Walk: Can't forget about Tinnitus, either.

http://youtu.be/2mV-Z54fiBo


William Shatner has Tinnitus, but his sounds like this.
 
2013-04-07 08:27:02 PM

GBB: But, there should be a way to determine what the individual needs from a hearing aid, and make that happen.  For example, older people might just want to be able to hear speech, so you figure out what their hearing deficiencies are and make an aid that is able to take frequencies in the speech range and recreate them in the range the user can hear, filter out the rest.


Expensive hearing aids already do that.  The problem, as I pointed out earlier, is when more than one person is talking.  Actually, it's more like when more than ten people are talking, that's when my parents have a hard time filtering out the white noise.
 
2013-04-07 08:34:41 PM

BurghDude: HOH here.  Low talkers are the bane of me.  Both of my bosses are terrible low-talkers, and even after repeated gentle reminders that "I really need you to speak up and enunciate a bit more when you're talking with me", after about two sentences it's back to muble wuddle wa ruddle, etc.


What kills me is when you do ask someone to repeat themselves, it doesn't even occur to them to slow down, improve the enunciation and increase the volume of what they said, so you can get a chance of catching what they are saying the second time around. Instead you just get a repeat of the quiet, unintelligible mumblings you didn't understand in the first place. That is no help. As far as I know I am not deaf, and since I can hear most people fine, I figure some people just have a mumbling way of speaking and get offended if you call them on it and can't be bothered to change it.
 
2013-04-07 11:06:43 PM

GBB: Of course, I get that it would be impossible to create a device that would give someone with partial hearing loss 100% restored hearing. But, there should be a way to determine what the individual needs from a hearing aid, and make that happen. For example, older people might just want to be able to hear speech, so you figure out what their hearing deficiencies are and make an aid that is able to take frequencies in the speech range and recreate them in the range the user can hear, filter out the rest.


Holy grail of hearing aid fitting.  It's simply not that easy.

For instance, how can you enhance speech when the background noise is also speech?

There's lots of cool stuff going on in hearing aids.  Personally, I've had great luck with frequency compression and frequency transposition.  Can't hear in a particular frequency range?  Shift the sounds to a frequency range that you can hear.  It takes some aural rehab (kinda like physical therapy for your ears/brain), but it helps a lot of people.  Also some neat hearing aid/tinnitus masker hybrids.  Using your iPhone as a remote microphone.

But hearing aids are not as simple as turning it up louder in ranges where you don't hear well.  It's not like eyeglasses and getting 20/20 vision again.  Fitting most hearing losses with hearing aids is like fitting eyeglasses on macular degeneration.
 
2013-04-07 11:27:17 PM

Shadowtag: I didn't realize how much I was relying on lip reading until my glasses broke a few weeks ago and I had to go to the store for groceries. I nearly had a panic attack in the produce section.


The vegetables talk to you? I think hearing is the least of your problems.
 
2013-04-08 09:51:02 AM
Taking a piss took on a whole new meaning after I got my first set of hearing aids. It sounded like Niagra Falls. Oh, and the crickets at night. I thought they were all dead until I got hearing aids.
 
2013-04-08 01:36:08 PM

Nidiot: BurghDude: HOH here.  Low talkers are the bane of me.  Both of my bosses are terrible low-talkers, and even after repeated gentle reminders that "I really need you to speak up and enunciate a bit more when you're talking with me", after about two sentences it's back to muble wuddle wa ruddle, etc.

What kills me is when you do ask someone to repeat themselves, it doesn't even occur to them to slow down, improve the enunciation and increase the volume of what they said, so you can get a chance of catching what they are saying the second time around. Instead you just get a repeat of the quiet, unintelligible mumblings you didn't understand in the first place. That is no help. As far as I know I am not deaf, and since I can hear most people fine, I figure some people just have a mumbling way of speaking and get offended if you call them on it and can't be bothered to change it.


I really hate it when you say, "what?" and instead of repeating themselves, the person says something else to further illustrate the point that you couldn't hear in the first place... drives me nuts.
 
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