About 4 years ago, I the wife and I were having a very rough time of things, we both ended up on brain meds and therapy. Things sorted themselves out well, but there’s an odd side effect that…I can’t attribute it to that time of my life, but I see similarities between what she’s experienced and what I’m experiencing.
I also have partial deafness that makes it particularly hard to hear certain voices: deeper mens voices, young kids voices, they come out garbled.
But here’s the clincher:
It has to do if there’s ANY distracting noise. Two sets of voices, even if they’re perfectly loud and disctinct and I can’t concentrate on either conversation. It can be a voice and mechanical noise. I just can’t make anything out.
Further, I’ve lost the ability to multi-task. It may be my choice of career (IT), it may be spending a LOT of time deep in thought picking up IT skill after IT skill (Can a brain get full?) But really, I can’t walk and chew bubblegum at the same time…anymore.
It really seems to be something that started after the stressful period with my wife. Almost a combination of different things that might be conspiring to make things worse…an inability to hear, and inability to concentrate, and a much higher tendency to get frustrated when that happens.
i’ve been to an audiologist and while I do have deafness at certain ranges, when they performed the test with tones over conversation, since I was concentrating with headphones on nothing else, I did just fine.
My wife has a shortage of Zen sometimes, usually in crowds, and that seems to have been exasperated by the stressful time she went through (with included a nervous breakdown.) She’s much better, but it’s something we avoid.
I almost wonder if the trauma we went through left residual damage…Stuff that didn’t ever come up in therapy, so it wasn’t dealt with.
I’ve discovered the wiki page on Central Auditory Processing Disorder (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Auditory_processing_disorder) and while it seems similar, it mostly occurs in children
So do you go to a General Practitioner? A Shrink? Have you heard of this before?