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Has anyone experienced garbled hearing loss? Not volume but comprehension.


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  1. poetgirrl says:

    Yes, I’m so glad to learn that this symptom is not mine alone, although, of course, I’m sorry anyone has to experience this. Yes, sometimes I can hear the sounds, but they all run together and are unintelligible. My daughter has made a big deal of the fact that, she says, I can hear something two rooms away (that she doesn’t want me to hear) but not when she’s sitting right next to me. To me, that seems as if she thinks that I’m making at least part of this difficulty up. So thanks for giving me confirmation that I’m not alone!

  2. ConnieMWT author says:

    You are NOT making it up! You are certainly experiencing what many of us are. I have to use close captioning on TV now to be sure I am hearing correctly, although some of their interpretations are not always right and sometimes comical!

  3. tigersleeve says:

    Yes! Someone else with the same hearing issue.
    I have to focus my full attention on someone’s speech to understand them. In a noisy room (music, parties and even Church) I have issues. I sometimes take five to ten words to decipher what is being said. And if I’m doing something else (as in answering a question like this I have to ask my wife to start over when she is speaking to me).
    I believe my MS presented about two years before my diagnosis which was due to the loss of my ability to hear above a certain frequency.
    Thanks for the article link!

  4. Erin Rush moderator says:

    Hi ConnieMWT! I am sorry you are experiencing this issue. As you can see from the replies, you are not alone in this. One of the hearing issue people with MS may face is difficulty understanding or interpreting speech. You can read more about why this happens in this article on various hearing issues that can be related to MS — https://multiplesclerosis.net/living-with-ms/hello-is-this-thing-on-hearing-impairment-and-ms/. I hope this answers your question and I also hope it helps to know that you are not the only one going through this. Best, Erin, MultipleSclerosis.net Team Member.

  5. Bonsage says:

    My hearing problem is just like you described. I have this strange feeling that I am several beats behind the conversation and I can’t catch up and understand the noises. I know they are words, but it just sounds like noises. I don’t have it all the time – just sporadically and usually on the phone.

  6. Nancy W says:

    I guess you could call it that. I think of it as related to my brain, not my ears, when I don’t understand what I hear.

  7. FUMSnow says:

    YES!!! In fact, just 3 days ago I was going to a holiday performance and lost hearing in my right ear. Not a total loss, really, but sort of a muffling or tampening down of my ability to hear out of that ear. It feels “full”. Thankfully, it comes and goes – so far. Here’s hoping . . .

  8. ConnieMWT author says:

    It is so frustrating, I know. All we can do is say, “Excuse me, my hearing isn’t what it used to be. Can you repeat that?” I say it many times a day and folks seem to understand.

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