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. NNoise 27 Apr 2016-1ot 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.


About Carol Henshaw

I am a retired medic & academic who volunteers in this bookshop. I love books, travelling, photography, painting and printing, all sorts of music (choral singing now & hope to take up the saxophone), gardening and natural history, arts & crafts, hanging out with old friends and making new ones.
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One Response to Noise

  1. dyane says:

    I’m very sorry about the auditory disorder & I’m glad you learned that multi-tasking is not the way to go! Thank goodness your brain pathways for processing music are not affected!!! As I mentioned on Facebook, my mom is a retired speech pathologist. In her 70’s she was still working and was affected by tinnitus and hyperacusis, at 80 she now has a full-blown hearing disorder. She must constantly ask people not to speak louder (which iis what most people do if they think you’re hard of hearing) but simply more clearly. She has lip read for decades due to her profession & that helps.

    As I live far away from her, texting has been a godsend for clear communication. She also just got a special phone for the hearing-impaired. We take our hearing for granted until a loved one is affected by hearing challenges.

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