I’m pretty rubbish at hearing.
There’s nothing actually wrong with my ears but my brain struggles to differentiate between sounds. So if there’s loud music or lots of background noise, I won’t understand what you’re saying unless I focus all my attention on your face and watch your lips move. I always had to sit in the front row at varsity otherwise I couldn’t understand what the lecturer was saying and I’m not a huge fan of talking on the phone, because I can’t see your face.
But there is nothing wrong with my hearing, my brain just never learnt to separate sounds properly (according to a doctor I asked a few years ago.) Similarly, though unrelated to this blog topic, I also have terrible peripheral vision. Not because there’s anything wrong with my eyes but because my brain just doesn’t think to look to the sides. This is why I fall a lot and knock things over, unless I really concentrate.
Anyway. I’m distracted. The point was, @blindcripple posted this video on Twitter today and I found it quite interesting. Test your hearing! My hearing is rated as under 30 but over 24. I’m 24 (and 8 months) so this is accurate. Would have preferred to fall under the 24 category since having the hearing of a 30 years old means that by the time I hit 30 I’ll have the hearing of a 40 year old.
But, eh. I’m counting it as a win.