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Refining my self-model.

I keep saying I'm hard of hearing, but some recent evidence has convinced me I'm wrong. Yes, I was genuinely hard of hearing as a child. But seeing as I can now hear a hell of a lot better... well, I thought I couldn't hear as well, before. Now I realize the problem is multi-tiered:

1. I hear TOO well. So my brain ignores a lot of stuff.

2. My brain has problems distinguishing foreground sounds from background sounds. I knew this already, to be honest. Signals get lost in the noise because my brain has difficulties telling which is which.

3. The noisier it gets, the faster and harder I lose my ability to concentrate. Inability to think means a lot of stuff just doesn't get processed by my brain.

4. I have difficulties judging the direction sounds come from.

5. My brain doesn't seem to have as many natural filters as other people's brains do.

There may be more. Merits more observation and reflection.

This was cross-posted from http://fayanora.dreamwidth.org/1118706.html
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baron_waste
Oct. 13th, 2012 01:01 pm (UTC)

A lot of that sounds like ADHD. I know: I was officially diagnosed, long before it became fashionable. Particularly that bit about foreground versus background noise - trying to follow a conversation in a noise-busy environment has been described as “trying to follow one snowflake in a blizzard.”

arinwolfe
Oct. 13th, 2012 02:59 pm (UTC)
Best. Analogy. Ever. It's so true. (I have ADD)
fayanora
Oct. 14th, 2012 12:24 am (UTC)
Yes, well, be that as it may, the shrinks thought I had ADD or ADHD when I was a kid (though this was only an opinion, not an official diagnosis) and Mom and Dad basically laughed them off because I could focus for hours on something that interested me, like Legos or reading. I still can. So I highly doubt it's either of those.
baron_waste
Oct. 14th, 2012 07:04 am (UTC)

It's called “hyperfocusing,” and it. too, is part of ADD. “Attention Deficit” can simply mean misallocation of your attention, like watching your gas gauge intently for so much as a millimeter of change when you ought to be watching the road!

Have a look at this. Observe #42, here.

Items 10, 11, 12, 22, 24, 34, 39, 47, & 48 may be of particular interest also.

fayanora
Oct. 16th, 2012 02:33 am (UTC)
Ye gods, 34 is familiar.

47 and 48 are good advice for anyone.
arinwolfe
Oct. 13th, 2012 02:59 pm (UTC)
2-4 are a specific thing... I can't remember the name of the condition, though I have problems with those things too and I'm autsim spectrum. So theres that.
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