For Deafies who heard sounds before?

ravensteve1961

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Did you ever go to a ballgame or maybe someplace and you hear a sound but its not really like you heard it. Well my audiologist E-Mailed me and told me im not really hearing the sounds your brain just played the sounds to you as you heard them as you remember them. Have any of you experanced this?
 

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I have yes.. When I'm outside I think I hear the birds, but it is only a memory of what it sounds like. For me, I guess it makes me feel better, as if I never lost my hearing at all. I suppose its kind of like your mind playing tricks (in my case anyhow) to compensate for the hearing loss. I'd rather imagine the sounds than live with tinitus and silence, ya know what I mean?

So you're not alone! :)
 

Angel

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It happened to me all the time Ravensteve, it was funni because I just had a very good chat with my grandmother before I left florida, she is my dad's mother and she was the one who taught my parents about raising deaf children also even finding information on how to raise one, and also she was always there for the two of us girls when we were young even now she does too, she was the one who found us schools where we could attend at and etc..

Anyways, I've asked her a couple of questions about my own deafness and if I ever heard any sounds when I was younger, or was I competely deaf at the age of 5....She told me some things that I had no memories of at that time of age, that my sister Cheri and I lost our hearing slowly at the age of 5, we were hard of hearing, and was able to hear sounds or people talking in the background, when we were in kingergarden we had a hearing test that show the sign of hearing loss, the school had let my parent know about it, and they had a hard time believing it of course, they took us to see a doctor, and the doctor said the same thing, the reason why they had a hard time believeing it is because Cheri and I talk like a hearing person, we didn't have trouble hearing or responding to others around us, and then all the suddenly we lose our hearing a bit at a time, it was something my parents never image it would happen to any child....

I was told that I was able to hear music, people talking, even understanding what others are saying without reading their lips, be able to hear things outside such a children playing around us and etc....Things started to change after the age of 5, when we weren't able to understand a teacher or a parent trying to say to us....

But I do remember the sounds when I reach the age of 10 or 11 without the use of my hearing aids, I was able to hear alot more than I am able to hear now.....but when the years passed along, my own hearing started to drift away meaning I wasn't able to hear as great as I used to....NOW, I hear things such as dog barking, or children playing or their laughters, and so much more and when I turn around, it only me in the room or outside...I get this sad feelings that I wasn't able to hear as good anymore....I think it more to do with the memories of the days we were able to hear when we were growing up, I think that is what cause us to hear things when it really wasn't the sound of it.....


I admit, I missed the sounds, the laughters, the birds , the words in the songs, and people's voices in the background....It would be really nice to be able to get my hearing back, but I know it won't happen the way I wish for, but at least I know I will get it back one day, when the time is right....so all I can do is cherish all the sounds I've remember from the time I was young until now....

Believe me, I had a hard time accepting my own deafness throughtout the years, but I learn from time to time that I need to accept the fact I'm not able to hear anymore, but being able to hear the sounds I used to hear, it alot better than not having any memories of it at all....

And honestly, you're not ALONE in this Ravensteve, there are few others who are out there has gone thru something like this themselves, and it not a good feelings to have but at least we have our own memories of the time we were able to hear! :hug:
 
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The hearing aid for my left ear broke, so I've had to send it back to a specialist who repairs them, but it's weird not hearing in one ear. I can hear if the sound is loud enough, but most of the time I'll be listening to people talk and sometimes I swear I can hear in my left ear. Unfortunately, I think it's just my brain playing tricks on me as I can still hear with my right ear (the hearing aid in my right ear still works).

Sometimes I'll lie in bed with my hearing aids out before I sleep and realize that one day I'll wake up and putting my hearing aids won't make a difference, since I'm progressively losing my hearing as I get older. I was first diagnosed with 64% hearing loss (I had to have surgery to even get my hearing up to that level in the first place) when I was two, and now I'm almost 21 with 90% hearing loss. :|
 

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Angel let me ask you this,,If scince found a away to fix all deafness would you have the surgery? Like if tommorow they say we now can regrow hair nerves in your ears would you do it? I know i would do it in a new york minute.
 

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This is interesting. I’m guessing that it’s a phenomenon similar to ‘phantom pain,’ where an amputee feels sensation in a limb that isn’t there anymore. I think I’ll go Google it and see if I can find more info on this.
 

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Yes Ravensteve in a heart beat, I want to be able to hear my children's voices and their laughters and I have nothing against being deaf but I admit I do miss hearing the sounds as I used to hear a long time ago....
 

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Levonian said:
This is interesting. I’m guessing that it’s a phenomenon similar to ‘phantom pain,’ where an amputee feels sensation in a limb that isn’t there anymore. I think I’ll go Google it and see if I can find more info on this.

I've heard of that too. It's pretty eerie.
 

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I have nothing against being deaf but I admit I do miss hearing the sounds as I used to hear a long time ago....
I can imagine.....I've always....and I mean ALWAYS been hoh so I don't miss what I never had, but to have it once and have lost it....wow!
 

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Oh almost forgot.....Right after I had my ear surgery (at seventeen) it improved my hearing to the point where I remember constantly thinking that I was wearing a hearing aid! It was so weird!
 
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