What Does Auditory Processing Disorder Look Like in Adults?
People with auditory processing disorder struggle to understand and interpret the world thanks to problems in the way their brains process sound. Though most adults with APD are diagnosed in childhood and adolescence, undetected symptoms could explain your difficulties comprehending language and communicating. Read on to find out.
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I have both a raging AdHD and difficulty hearing and remembering names . However the environment can produce opposite results. I am notorious for not only forgetting names but also easily remembering music and numbers both short term and long. I can recall telephone conversations verbatim for business and never understood why other people did not, specially after they had made commitments. I now document every conversation by email or letter. Despite this i was unable to understand completely anything my third wife said. If she spoke i had to be able to read her lips to know what she was saying. Introductions and names was my achilles heal.
Eventually i retired and and sold my business. Technically I stayed on for 6 months but there was literally no space or even a desk to sit at. I spent two days making the acquaintance of all the new people who would be taking on my consulting work…19 in all. At a noon meeting of everyone in the conference room the next day the president of the new org. who i had known for over a decade stood up. He knew of my notorious memory but wanted his staff to know i was human and could never remember names. I had spent the previous day in what i have learned since was an ADHD hyper focus status and had no trouble going around the table identifying all 19, astounding even myself. To this day i cant account how I remembered much less heard all those names.
A lot of these issues bother me. At the same time, I am able to work at Starbucks. Now, if I have a conf call from Starbucks, I get very anxious and frustrated. But when I’m designing something, the ambient noise does not bother me. I went with my son to get his hearing tested. I sat with him in the soundproof room. It was pure heaven in there!
Why doesn’t Starbucks bother me when I’m designing, but it does bother me on a call? I seem to be able to focus on my craft, but when I need to communicate the ambient noise becomes an issue.
My Husband has the same issues. Conference calls are the worst. For him, he finally figured out that when at work he also looked at the person speaking and was unconsciously lip reading as well as listening. On a conference call, he couldn’t see anyone’s lips so therefore it was all listening. Maybe the same is happing to you Joseph.