Can ADHD affect hearing?
“Can you hear me now?” I think many of you remember that ad from Verizon: their famous “Can You Hear Me Now?” campaign.
Did you know: “Can you hear me now?” is one of the most common and important features of ADHD!
If you’re one of the many people who have trouble understanding or understanding conversations – and you think you have ADHD – I have some tips for you.
What does ADHD look like?
✅ Not being able to fully understand conversations is a huge sign of ADHD. The ADHD brain usually does not have a good working memory; and, this lack of working memory can affect his ability to hear and understand things.
I would like you to know that working memory is responsible for storing the information that you have just received. Dr. Puja Uppal.
So if you have ADHD, when you talk to someone about a boring, detailed topic, your brain is likely to “go offline.” The end result is that the other person in the conversation may feel like you’re not listening.
“Can you hear me now?” This is really becoming a big problem!
Dealing with the “Can you hear me now” syndrome is quite easy. You need to consider several things:
- Determine if you need medication to strengthen your working memory.
- Control the anxiety that comes from conversations.
Steps to follow :
First, you will need to talk to your healthcare team and determine if you have any working memory deficits. Your doctor will test you with many screeners and tests, including: ASRS-5.
If they determine you have ADHD, there are many medications and therapies that can improve your deficits.
Second, try to understand that feeling anxious or showing anxiety, while listening to others, can be a coping mechanism for the ADHD brain.
Many times a feeling of panic results, because You know that you will forget what is being said. So instead of focusing on the details, your brain ends up freaking out.
Unfortunately, it can make you lose your place in the conversation. The result is the same: “Can you hear me now?”
- You can overcome this anxiety by visualizing the conversation.
- Make a movie of the conversation in your head.
- You can ask the person to slow down.
- You can ask them to explain things to you without adding a lot of tangents to the conversation.
Tips for success :
- Understand that the ADHD brain is unique and requires special attention.
- Understand that having hearing or comprehension deficits does not mean that your brain is “inferior”.
Knowledge can really boost work productivity and personal relationships.