Hello i'm new here

I said "Mom, something's wrong with me, I mean really, really wrong. I can't follow group conversations, I can't join in, I don't fit in". Mom said "Dear, there's nothing wrong with you, you're just shy". That's the conversation we had when I was six years old. I am now 54. As far as I can tell, I've had APD since at least that time, and that plus "moderate" hearing loss (as tested by an audiologist in a quiet, ideal listening setting, but in real life I have severe hearing loss) since my late teens. This looks like a place that "gets" what it means to live with one or both of these things. I look forward to meeting many of you, and I hope I can learn a lot and contribute even more.
 

DeafNerdMommy

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Welcome:)
I totally understand where you are coming from. I knew something was off with my hearing when I was younger. They just said mild hearing loss. But I found out at 18 I had apd.
 
I said "Mom, something's wrong with me, I mean really, really wrong. I can't follow group conversations, I can't join in, I don't fit in". Mom said "Dear, there's nothing wrong with you, you're just shy". That's the conversation we had when I was six years old. I am now 54. As far as I can tell, I've had APD since at least that time, and that plus "moderate" hearing loss (as tested by an audiologist in a quiet, ideal listening setting, but in real life I have severe hearing loss) since my late teens. This looks like a place that "gets" what it means to live with one or both of these things. I look forward to meeting many of you, and I hope I can learn a lot and contribute even more.

I'm feeling the same way now. I'm 17 years old, and I just take random guesses. My mother says it's all in my head and a doctor gave me pills for an infection. Nothing helps, and I haven't seen a doctor since.
 
I'm feeling the same way now. I'm 17 years old, and I just take random guesses. My mother says it's all in my head and a doctor gave me pills for an infection. Nothing helps, and I haven't seen a doctor since.
Either your brain works to your potential or it doesn't. If you feel that it doesn't then it doesn't. It is so hard for a parent to understand what we are going through. If they won't/can't advocate for us then we must find somebody who will or try to solve our problem on our own. That is where I'm at right now.
 

DeafNerdMommy

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Learning ASL while having APD...now THAT sounds like a challenge.
I personally found it was pretty easy. I learned from the Deaf at my local Deaf school and a class at a community college with a Deaf teacher. Learning in high school at that by a hearing teacher was harder. My class mates always talked vocally instead of learning so I felt behind socially with class mates but my teacher would tall to me on sign so it made it better. I prefer learning from the Deaf because I don't have to use my voice, or guess words.
 
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