Hearing Problems in University: Seeking Solutions

In summary, the person is experiencing difficulty hearing in conversations and lectures, leading to frustration and constantly asking for repetition. They have tried earwax treatments and stopped listening to loud music, but are still experiencing issues. They have an appointment with a doctor to determine the cause, and it could potentially be due to earwax buildup or damage from listening to loud music. The person also mentions the advice to not use Q-tips to clean ears and shares a personal anecdote about someone using a loud MP3 player. Others in the conversation offer additional advice and suggest seeing a doctor for an evaluation.
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Bladibla
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Hello all. Long time no see.

I'm currently in university studying chemistry, and I relised that in general conversations and just lectures I tend to miss out on a lot of the words i.e. I can't actually make them out. I can hear the murmuring, but I'm having increasing trouble actually listening to people, meaning that I have to constantly ask people to repeat what they said and also resulting in me getting peeved off and frustrated.

I've had earwax 'treatments' and stopped listening to loud music on my MD to see any improvements in my hearing. I've already arranged a appointment with the doctor and such, but I just want to ask: What possible problem could I be having with my ears? Is it just tons of earwax? Or are there more serious possibilities?

Thanks
 
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Bladibla said:
Hello all. Long time no see.

I'm currently in university studying chemistry, and I relised that in general conversations and just lectures I tend to miss out on a lot of the words i.e. I can't actually make them out. I can hear the murmuring, but I'm having increasing trouble actually listening to people, meaning that I have to constantly ask people to repeat what they said and also resulting in me getting peeved off and frustrated.

I've had earwax 'treatments' and stopped listening to loud music on my MD to see any improvements in my hearing. I've already arranged a appointment with the doctor and such, but I just want to ask: What possible problem could I be having with my ears? Is it just tons of earwax? Or are there more serious possibilities?

Thanks

Well, stopping listening to loud music will only slow the process down. That's what a lot of people don't understand. When listening to loud music, you are doing permanent damage. For example, after going to a concert, your ear rings. That's actually severe permanent damage, so if you frequent concerts... you won't keep this lifestyle for very long.

On the other hand, what can this be? Well it can be just too much earwax. There could be more serious possibilities, but I would vote those as pretty unlikely. I wouldn't bother thinking about that. You may have some hearing loss and that's it. That's a possibility that I don't consider serious because you can pretty much stop the loss by being more aware of what you're doing.

I'm sure it's all fine. It can also be Q-Tips. If you use them to clean your ears, you might have done something... not so good. You probably simply pushed back earwax on the eardrum which the doctor can clean, but overall it's a really bad habit to clean them this way. DO NOT USE Q-TIPS TO CLEAN YOUR EARS! NO ONE! No one ever takes my advice on this for some reason.

Note: I was standing next to a guy with his MP3 player full blast where I can hear it like a radio from 5 feet away! I couldn't believe it. Everyone in line was looking at him like he was a psycho. It was loud because normally I can not hear a loud MP3 player (people tell me it's loud but I can't hear a thing). So, when I can actually hear it, I know it has to be loud, nevermind hearing it like a darn radio! Damn, I wonder if his ears started to bleed.
 
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This shouldn't be evident at your age, but everyone gradually loses the ability to hear certain frequencies which unfortunately tend to be in the range of the human voice. If you still hear other sounds normally, that could be what's going on.
And Jason is dead right about the Q-tip thing.
 
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JasonRox said:
I'm sure it's all fine. It can also be Q-Tips. If you use them to clean your ears, you might have done something... not so good. You probably simply pushed back earwax on the eardrum which the doctor can clean, but overall it's a really bad habit to clean them this way. DO NOT USE Q-TIPS TO CLEAN YOUR EARS! NO ONE! No one ever takes my advice on this for some reason.
Unless you're careful.

Also I don't know about anyone else, but I find it VERY difficult to get a Qtip anywhere near my eardrum. The ear canal tissue is so sensitive that far back, that the Qtip causes excruciating pain long before I get near my eardrum.



JasonRox said:
Note: I was standing next to a guy with his MP3 player full blast where I can hear it like a radio from 5 feet away! I couldn't believe it. Everyone in line was looking at him like he was a psycho. It was loud because normally I can not hear a loud MP3 player (people tell me it's loud but I can't hear a thing). So, when I can actually hear it, I know it has to be loud, nevermind hearing it like a darn radio! Damn, I wonder if his ears started to bleed.
Different headsets will leak sound differently. Not saying he didn't have it at full volume, just that you can't tell.
 
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Well, the real advice I'd offer, you're already planning to do, and that's to see a doctor to have your hearing evaluated.

Don't underestimate that people might also just be mumbling. A little while back, I was starting to think I was having some hearing problems for the same reason, I seemed to miss a lot in conversations because people sounded like they were mumbling. That's what everyone tells you is the first sign of hearing loss. Plus, my grandmother and mother both have hearing problems...my grandmother's is something that she's had since a child, and my mom seemed to start having problems at about the age I am now, AND, I grew up around a LOT of noise (my dad was a builder/carpenter and I'd often be woken to the sounds of power tools in the morning while he was in his workshop in the basement building stuff for customers), so I thought it was likely that the inevitable was starting. Turns out, there's nothing wrong with my ears, and when I commented on this to someone else, the response I got is that there's an epidemic of people who do not enunciate their words.

This is especially bad if they are lecturing or doing some other sort of public speaking. On the best day, the audio systems in a lot of lecture halls are crap, and getting the microphone positioned just right can be a pain, and some days those audio systems aren't working at all, or the batteries are dead in the power pack for the microphone, etc. It only makes it worse if someone doesn't enunciate all their words.

So, definitely get your hearing checked to be sure, but if everything checks out okay, then it's more likely that others around you are being lazy in their talking. Sometimes I just resort to telling people I do have a hearing problem when I don't, just to force them to think about speaking more clearly so I can understand them, especially if I have to ask more than once.
 
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What was that? Speak louder!:smile:
 

Related to Hearing Problems in University: Seeking Solutions

1. What are the common causes of hearing problems in university students?

The most common causes of hearing problems in university students include exposure to loud noises, genetic factors, ear infections, and certain medications. Additionally, poor listening habits, such as listening to music at high volumes for extended periods of time, can also contribute to hearing problems.

2. How can universities address and accommodate students with hearing problems?

Universities can address and accommodate students with hearing problems by providing assistive listening devices, such as hearing aids and FM systems, in classrooms and other learning environments. They can also offer captioning services for lectures and events, and ensure that all audiovisual materials are accessible for students with hearing impairments.

3. What resources are available for students with hearing problems at universities?

Many universities have disability services offices that offer support and accommodations for students with hearing problems. These offices can provide assistive technology, note-taking services, and other resources to help students succeed in their studies. Additionally, there may be student organizations and support groups specifically for students with hearing impairments.

4. Can hearing problems in university students affect their academic performance?

Yes, hearing problems can significantly impact a student's academic performance. Difficulty hearing in lectures and discussions can lead to missed information and misunderstandings, which can affect a student's ability to learn and participate in class. It can also make it challenging to communicate with peers and professors, leading to feelings of isolation and frustration.

5. Are there preventative measures that university students can take to protect their hearing?

Yes, there are several preventative measures that university students can take to protect their hearing. These include wearing earplugs in loud environments, limiting exposure to loud noises, and taking breaks from using headphones or earbuds. It is also essential to practice good listening habits, such as keeping the volume at a safe level and taking breaks from listening to music or other audio for extended periods.

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