My travels have kept me away from the shop in the last couple of weeks. The last time I was in, this book attracted me. Over 10 years ago, my experience of sound and listening changed as I had developed a central auditory processing disorder. This leads to a difficulty perceiving speech when there is background noise. I have learnt to lip read a little but of course this is not an option on the telephone and the need to focus on speech so much when I am listening to someone talking has often led to accidents so I have had to learn not to multi-task when I am listening to speech. Bilateral tinnitus means that silence is an experience lost to me. Not being able to filter out background noise does mean that it is a little like having a hyperacusis for non-speech sounds and hearing a pin drop is not a problem. Some people find it hard to understand why I cannot hear what they are saying but can hear a distant sound. Fortunately the pathways in the brain for processing music are unaffected as I am a musician. Foreign languages are easier to understand as there is a musicality to them which I pick up. I missed David Hendy’s radio series so will enjoy reading his book which is also a social history, very much.
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