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Anyone with hearing loss? - January 8th 2012, 09:15 PM

I have significant hearing loss (but I am not deaf), plus a constant loud ringing in my ears. I have had it since as long as I remember, It has become worse over time. I have been to specialists but with little help. When I was younger I used to get in trouble all the time for speaking really loud, I think I spoke load because I couldn't hear myself talk. I get very frustrated in loud situations like crowds and in school when lots of people are talking. The only way I get though dealing with places with lots of noise is to lip read. I get in trouble at times because people think that I am ignoring them when I just can't hear them. Sometimes people around me get upset when I have the volume turned up on stuff just so I can hear it.

How do others deal with this, I feel very alone with it. I tend to isolate myself because of it.
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Re: Anyone with hearing loss? - January 9th 2012, 04:04 PM

There's absolutely no need to feel isolated. If you're a really nice person (which I am positive you're), then people will befriend you eventually. And it's great to know that you make an effort. Take care and best of luck! xx
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Re: Anyone with hearing loss? - January 9th 2012, 06:42 PM

I feel your frustration. I was in my high school's marching band with a VERY loud drumline and I thought my hearing was fine until the first season ended. I couldn't process the lowest frequencies and apparently I had a hearing impairment my whole life that I didn't know about until then. When my friends blast the bass in their cars it's either undetectable for me or really painful. But no need to feel isolated! Everybody has some kind of "impairment" (though that's not the right word really) whether it's physical, mental, social etc. Luckily, technology just keeps getting better and better, making life more comfortable for us people with ear troubles.

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