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    Anon so people don't know who I am if I've ended up making myself look like a ****.

    Hi all,

    I've been starting to notice that I sometimes have problems hearing people. Even one of my friends commented on it last week, not sure whether he meant it but still. I had glue ear when I was a toddler, which made me profoundly deaf during my early years, but I have felt that my hearing is normal since then, and haven't been to the doctors about hearing since I was about three. I don't wear hearing aids, or use any sort of hearing equipment.

    However, I've always had the thought in the back of my head that I may have some sort of hearing loss, which could have happened as a result of complications from glue ear. I find myself rather unable to hear people without concentrating very hard, or them talking loudly, in an area where a lot of people are talking at the same time. A few months ago I only just noticed that having the TV volume at about twenty-five is actually quite loud. I even feel that I have some problems in hearing song lyrics. Obviously, I mean lyrics which haven't been modulated to the point of incomprehension. I also get intermittent tinnitus, but hasn't affected my day-to-day life much, and it seems to have got better over time to the point where I don't really think about it.

    Could these signs be an indication of some form of mild hearing impairment? The only person in my family with some form of diagnosed hearing issue is my Grandad, and that was because of a bomb blast, so I can't see it being hereditary. I can't really miss much more of school, so I wouldn't want to book an appointment with a GP unless if I wasn't just having some sort of hypochondria anxiety attack. Can the good folks hear tell me whether the signs that I have discussed above are normal, or whether I should get them checked out? I have no problem wearing hearing aids or anything, by the way, it's just that I wouldn't want to waste anybody's time.

    Thank you!
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    (Original post by Anonymous)
    Anon so people don't know who I am if I've ended up making myself look like a ****.

    Hi all,

    I've been starting to notice that I sometimes have problems hearing people. Even one of my friends commented on it last week, not sure whether he meant it but still. I had glue ear when I was a toddler, which made me profoundly deaf during my early years, but I have felt that my hearing is normal since then, and haven't been to the doctors about hearing since I was about three. I don't wear hearing aids, or use any sort of hearing equipment.

    However, I've always had the thought in the back of my head that I may have some sort of hearing loss, which could have happened as a result of complications from glue ear. I find myself rather unable to hear people without concentrating very hard, or them talking loudly, in an area where a lot of people are talking at the same time. A few months ago I only just noticed that having the TV volume at about twenty-five is actually quite loud. I even feel that I have some problems in hearing song lyrics. Obviously, I mean lyrics which haven't been modulated to the point of incomprehension. I also get intermittent tinnitus, but hasn't affected my day-to-day life much, and it seems to have got better over time to the point where I don't really think about it.

    Could these signs be an indication of some form of mild hearing impairment? The only person in my family with some form of diagnosed hearing issue is my Grandad, and that was because of a bomb blast, so I can't see it being hereditary. I can't really miss much more of school, so I wouldn't want to book an appointment with a GP unless if I wasn't just having some sort of hypochondria anxiety attack. Can the good folks hear tell me whether the signs that I have discussed above are normal, or whether I should get them checked out? I have no problem wearing hearing aids or anything, by the way, it's just that I wouldn't want to waste anybody's time.

    Thank you!
    It could just be something really simple like a build up of wax. Your GP can have a look to see if this is the case.
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    Do you find that hearing other noises such as higher pitched and bass noises are not muffled or difficult to hear? Humans can hear between 20Hz and 20,000Khz, with around 4Khz as human speech. Do you listen to music or go to a lot of gigs? Where the loudest noise is their voice?
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    Quite simply, if you think something is up with your hearing then go get a hearing test ;P
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    I second the above poster! I have a hearing impairment and wear hearing aids but didn't even know until I was told to go get a hearing test. I was born with very very mild impairment and they decided to do a check up and found I have moderate hearing loss. No harm in going to see your GP, telling them you're worried about it and getting a test


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    Thanks everyone for the replies.

    (Original post by MORPHEUS24-7)
    Do you find that hearing other noises such as higher pitched and bass noises are not muffled or difficult to hear? Humans can hear between 20Hz and 20,000Khz, with around 4Khz as human speech. Do you listen to music or go to a lot of gigs? Where the loudest noise is their voice?
    Well I wear headphones quite a lot, and have them on a pretty high volume, but only to use VoIP stuff normally. I listen to the radio in the morning but I doubt that matters. I'm not particularly sure, I sometime have this sort of sensation when listening to low sounds that my ear is, like, empty, if that makes any sense :P

    (Original post by hjradley1)
    I second the above poster! I have a hearing impairment and wear hearing aids but didn't even know until I was told to go get a hearing test. I was born with very very mild impairment and they decided to do a check up and found I have moderate hearing loss. No harm in going to see your GP, telling them you're worried about it and getting a test


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    Hm, well I guess I should as I can hardly do a hearing test on TSR. I did do the RNID one and it came out fine, but that was online therefore it was probably all *******s. Do you know whether they refer you to an audiologist or do the hearing test at the clinic there and then?
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    Thanks everyone for the replies.



    Well I wear headphones quite a lot, and have them on a pretty high volume, but only to use VoIP stuff normally. I listen to the radio in the morning but I doubt that matters. I'm not particularly sure, I sometime have this sort of sensation when listening to low sounds that my ear is, like, empty, if that makes any sense :P



    Hm, well I guess I should as I can hardly do a hearing test on TSR. I did do the RNID one and it came out fine, but that was online therefore it was probably all *******s. Do you know whether they refer you to an audiologist or do the hearing test at the clinic there and then?
    I had a basic test at my GP surgery which showed hearing loss (not there and then, had to book another appointment) so I was then referred to an ENT doctor at hospital for more detailed tests. But I think this may depend on whether your doctors has the equipment for a preliminary hearing test or not.

    The RNID test is unreliable in my opinion as it said my hearing was okay and given my audiogram and hearing aids it's evidently not!


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    I've also had an audio test by an ENT specialist. Its quick and you will get the answer straight away
 
 
 
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