Loud and clear

I had a hearing test this morning. To my small amazement, my hearing is apparently just fine – completely within normal bounds. In particular, there are no signs of noise-induced hearing loss, which is frankly incredible given the punishment (mainly via headphones) I’ve given these babies over the years.

The bad news: this means that my apparent difficulty in following conversations (particularly ones I’m on the edge of) in loud-ish surroundings (eg parties, pubs, conferences, etc.) is either a result of deficient mental processing or (probably more likely) that I’m simply not paying enough attention. Still, good to know!

3 Responses to “Loud and clear”

  1. July 6th, 2007 | 11:31 am

    Well, it’s only measuring your ability to hear things, not to listen to them… :)

    I think the ability to discern things said in the presence of lots of noise is a mental ability rather than a physical one – however good your hearing is, it might just be that all you can hear is “conversation” and not any particular conversation.

  2. July 6th, 2007 | 1:19 pm

    Yeah, but I do seem to be less good at this than other people, leading me to often feel marginalised in such situations. I was worried that there might be a physical cause, hence the test, but you’re right – since that’s fine, we’re in the realm of mental abilities/activities. That’s actually good news, because those dendrites, they may be taught…

  3. July 6th, 2007 | 4:57 pm

    You’re not alone – I also find it ++difficult to follow a conversation (even with just one person) in a noisy place, which is a pain in the derrière sometimes :)