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So, I know my hearing isn't really as good as a lot of other people's. I feel old before my time when I tell people to "stop muttering and speak up", in those primary and secondary school lessons where they are demonstrating frequencies I was always the last to be able to hear the sound (even after the teachers. Even after the elderly teachers. Heck, sometimes I didn't hear it at all before the teacher stopped the experiment). People have the tv turned down seemingly ridiculously low and expect me to be able to hear it, and my dad can hear the radio from the other room and is astounded I can't.

He suggested a hearing test. He said it would explain a lot about why I don't know what's going on 98% of the time (that's hyperbole - I get by in day-to-day life pretty easily, but it's a recurring joke that a LOT of the time I am confused). He even said he is sometimes to harsh about me being a teenager who doesn't listen and thinks that maybe I only hear a quarter of what he gives me credit for and that's why I appear to not listen.

A few years ago in early high school I got very upset at the fact my friends were constantly annoyed at me for "not listening", wouldn't repeat things I didn't hear, and thought I was making fun of them when I said what I thought they said in a questioning voice. I got left out of a lot more conversations. I made friends with louder people.

But is it really worth a hearing test? I don't think it's severe enough to get a hearing aid or anything, and can they do anything to help short of that? I deal fine in lessons and in most conversations, and I live my life alright. So what would be the point?

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I don't see the harm in being tested. If you are worried that the outcome will result in your needing a hearing aid, you can always postpone getting one as long as you feel you are getting by adequately in your daily life without one. I think the ones they have today are so small that you could probably wear one undetected anyway. I guess it's really a personal decision. I always like to know if I have a problem or not. Then I can weigh my options and take it from there, whether or not I need to do something about it to correct it.
 

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your probably right. It's not getting a hearing adi I'm scared of, it's being told there's nothing wrong with me and I should stop whining, as will probably be the case
 

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I had a hearing test done, it wasn't a big deal at all.
There may be other reasons why your hearing isn't great and it's important to figure out what's going on.
 

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Before you get your hearing tested ask your doctor to check your ears. It sounds weird, but some people have problems with earwax becoming very hard and causing hearing loss. If it is just a problem with ear wax the doctor can remove it and you'll be fine.

If it's not go ahead and get a hearing test.
 

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I agree about getting a hearing test. I have some congenital nerve deafness in my right ear, and even had surgery to try to correct it when I was young. I've had hearing tests on and off for about 35 years. It's no big deal. You sit in a soundproof booth and are asked to respond to the sounds you hear. If there is a problem and you end up with a hearing aid, it could improve your quality of life considerably. And since you expect to continue on to University, having a hearing problem and not doing anything about it could really affect your educational experience.
 

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It's always better to know than not to know what is going on with our bodies.

If your car was acting funny, you would ask a mechanic to check it.

Your body is more valuable than a car.

Keep us posted as to what the ear specialist says.
 

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Thanks everyone. I'll get a doctor's appointment to see what he says
Good luck! I'd be curious if there is anything wrong. I always have to ask people to repeat themselves, because it sounds like they're mumbling, and I rely a lot on lip reading. I had a hearing test a few months ago, and they said my hearing was just fine and i don't have any blockages. So I have no idea what's wrong, except that I'm easily distracted.
 

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It could be wax. We thought my grandmother was going deaf as she had more and more trouble hearing and understanding. It turns out she had enough wax in her ears to build a couple of candles. After that she heard fine. But had to go in once a month to get the wax out. Good luck to you. Hope it goes well.
 

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Good luck! I'd be curious if there is anything wrong. I always have to ask people to repeat themselves, because it sounds like they're mumbling, and I rely a lot on lip reading. I had a hearing test a few months ago, and they said my hearing was just fine and i don't have any blockages. So I have no idea what's wrong, except that I'm easily distracted.
Look into Auditory Processing Disorder. I have it, and I think my dad does too, to some extent. It's sometimes mistaken for having bad hearing, but what is really going on is that the brain has trouble processing sounds. I think there is some sort of therapy, but even if you don't go that route, it helps to know how to avoid bad situations (for instance, people with APD understand voices a lot better if there's no background noise--loud rooms full of people are the worst).
 

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They can do a bunch of stuff other then hearing aids,, drops that do something to your ear canal/drum or something, gromits which do somthing good or it might be that you've had a load of crap stuck in your ear for years that is making you deaf lol.

If you do get a hearing aid though you need to chase Kevin round so that he can relive the terror lol.
 

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Do schools in the UK not do regular hearing and vision tests? I seem to recall having ear and eye tests done at school right up through high school.

You condition sounds very similar to mine. I have always had crummy hearing, too, and my range of frequencies was roughly the same as our 65+ physics teacher on the oscilloscope test. Mine has never been quite bad anough to seel medical attention though. I just constantly yell at Mr. Tess to stop mumbling. (He really does mumble!) Oy, it's only gonna get worse...
 

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I agree with everybody elseyou most certainly should see an audiologist. From the way you described it, it sounds like you have some sort of progressive hearing loss. If you do need HAs, you can probably get away with ITEs (in-the-ear). They are almost invisible. Its remotely possible that you are developing some sort of single-sided deafness. Do you have trouble telling what direction a sound is coming from? Do you have trouble hearing when the water in the kitchen sink is running?
 
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