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Dr. Dwight Romriell
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Difficulty Understanding Speech (Overview)

Dysphasia is a communication disorder in which there is trouble expressing language or comprehending language, often due to strokes, tumors, or brain damage.


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I have difficulty understanding speech in the background, even with my hearing aid, is there a way to make it better?

I have difficulty understanding speech in the background, even with my hearing aid, is there a way to make it better?

Digital/programable: I wear hearing aids myself and have experienced the same issue. I have found that a digital/programable hearing aid with the ability to adjust it for the environment you're in works the best. Nothing is perfect, but this option is pretty close! ...Read more

Dr. Dwight Romriell
22 Doctors shared insights

Difficulty Understanding Speech (Overview)

Dysphasia is a communication disorder in which there is trouble expressing language or comprehending language, often due to strokes, tumors, or brain damage.


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I have difficulty understanding speech in the background, even with my hearing aid, is there a way to make it better?

Digital/programable: I wear hearing aids myself and have experienced the same issue. I have found that a digital/programable hearing aid with the ability to adjust it for the environment you're in works the best. Nothing is perfect, but this option is pretty close! ...Read more

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Understanding Puberty for Boys (Checklist)

Boys mature at different rates, so do not compare yourself to others
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Shower regularly
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Ask an adult to teach you how to shave
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Do not be embarrassed by erections, they are normal
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I'm having difficulty understanding my HSV test results?

I'm having difficulty understanding my HSV test results?

HSV blood test: Post the details in a new question and I'll try to help. Assuming it's a blood test, include the specific test done, if you can learn that from your doctor or the lab; and the numerical values for IgG testing for HSV1 and HSV2. If IgM testing also was done, show those results -- but most likely they can be ignored. HSV IgM testing is notoriously unreliable and the results usually meaningless. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could OCD cause difficulty understanding what people are saying?

Please tell me, could OCD cause difficulty understanding what people are saying?

Possibly: If the ocd messages that are directing the individual on a fairly constant basis, it's like trying to have two conversations at once. The interference would make it hard to understand people. Especially complex interactions would be quite difficult. You are wise to recognize this and I hope you can find a good therapist to help get the ocd under control. It's not easy, but it is possible. Best! ...Read more

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Understanding Puberty for Girls (Checklist)

Read a book about puberty
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Give your daughter a book about puberty
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Buy pads, and have them ready before your daughter gets her period
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Have a talk about birth control and sexuality with your daughter
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Can OCD cause difficulty understanding what people are saying? Any help appreciated!

Can OCD cause difficulty understanding what people are saying? Any help appreciated!

Possible: OCD can present in many ways. If you are distracted and in your head fixated on certain thoughts you might not be focused on what people are saying to you. The best way to figure it out is to sit down and talk to someone who can help you sort it out. ...Read more

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My hearing test is normal but I have trouble understanding speech. Why?

My hearing test is normal but I have trouble understanding speech. Why?

Maybe aphasia: I am glad you had your hearing checked first as that would be the initial thing to look into. If those tests are normal, then how your brain processes speech. Some strokes can affect the part of your brain that allows you to hear and speak properly. Problems are called aphasias. Also, even with normal hearing, some people can be distracted if trying to hear with lots going on. Get checked out. ...Read more

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My hearing is usually normal but I still have trouble understanding speech in restaurant. Why?

My hearing is usually normal but I still have trouble understanding speech in restaurant. Why?

Likely distractions: Even with normal hearing, some people can find hearing in noisy places makes it tough. Distractions can be a problem for some people, and their brains may not be able to filter one thing out from the rest. And if your hearing is on the low end of normal, or if it has decreased from your normal, you may have relative hearing loss as this problem is common as hearing decreases. ...Read more

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Having much does boredom cause difficulty focusing, slow thinking?

Having much does boredom cause difficulty focusing, slow thinking?

A lot: There is no question that boring, repetitious tasks can affect attention and focus. Understimulation is probably as bad as overstimulation in terms of staying on task. As for slowed thinking, a boring task often requires little mental effort, so that may get diverted to other thoughts and activities, resulting in slow response if the task suddenly demands attention for some reason. ...Read more

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What causes difficulty focusing, poor memory, slow thinking?

What causes difficulty focusing, poor memory, slow thinking?

Many possibilities: This cluster of symptoms can arise from many different types of diseases. I strongly recommend you see your primary care provider for further evaluation of this symptom cluster. ...Read more

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I am having much difficulty focusing, poor memory, slow thinking, what's wrong?

I am having much difficulty focusing, poor memory, slow thinking, what's wrong?

You have not given: Enough information to know what is happening. Schedule an appointment with you primary care physician to have a comprehensive physical to rule out a medical cause. There could be emotional factors as well causing these symptoms. ...Read more

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Having much difficulty focusing, poor memory, slow thinking and movement. What's going on?

Get checked: Are those new sx or something you've experienced before? These sx are indicative of many ailments. You might want to consider seeing your primary care provider for a complete work up to rule out any medical causes. Once you know what's happening one way or the other, you might want to see a health psychologist to help you cope either with these sx or medical illness (if found). ...Read more

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I am experiencing difficulty focusing, disorientation, lightheadedness, feeling warm and slow thinking. I feel drunk when I haven't even had alcohol?

I am experiencing difficulty focusing, disorientation, lightheadedness, feeling warm and slow thinking. I feel drunk when I haven't even had alcohol?

See your doctor: These are not normal symptoms, and could represent both physical and psychological issues. You need a complete evaluation by a health care professional, particularly if these symptoms are of recent onset. Good luck! ...Read more

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I am experiencing slow thinking, hair loss, drowsiness, difficulty finding words, flashbacks and fatigue.

I am experiencing slow thinking, hair loss, drowsiness, difficulty finding words, flashbacks and fatigue.

Cognition & fatigue: Issues indicate the need to see your doctor. You MAY have a thyroid imbalance or other hormonal issue. Your doc can find out. As for the flashbacks, please see a mental health professional to evaluate them. If none is available a prudent spiritual leader may be helpful, perhaps a woman, Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Can stress cause slow thinking?

Can stress cause slow thinking?

Ever experience this: Read on--have you ever taken a test in school where you were rushing to get a last answer down before the teacher collected them as she was standing over you glaring in your eyes? Did your thought process speed up or slow down? Have you ever yelled at tv contestants during a game show who couldn't get the most obvious answer with only seconds left to the buzzer even though you could? Get my point? ...Read more

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What can cause bad memory and slow thinking at a young age?

What can cause bad memory and slow thinking at a young age?

See a psychologist.: I would need more information to answer this question. However, I suggest that you consult a psychologist to do an intelligence test to have a better idea. Good luck. ...Read more

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What does having a slow thinking process imply?

Many things: After thinking for a while... Seems quite a few things besides heredity can produce slow thinking - most associated with global metabolic process or intracranial pathology... Any abnormality of electrolytes but especially ca, glucose, marked dehydration or osmolal states, acidosis/ alkalosis, hypoxia, poisonings or intoxications like alcohol, elevated icp, tumor, encephalitis, meningitis, etc. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Slow thinking?

Slow thinking: Slow thinking = cognitive slowing - may occur with a depressive disorder. ...Read more

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Is slow thinking and memory loss a permanent thing once you get it?

Is slow thinking and memory loss a permanent thing once you get it?

Not necessarily: It depends on the cause. Talk with your doctor about your concerns. There are treatable causes of slow thinking and memory loss. A medical work up can give the answers you need. ...Read more

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My husband has been diagnosis wirh osa and refuses to wear bipap. He is always tired snores, and slow thinking. What can I do to help him?

My husband has been diagnosis wirh osa and refuses to wear bipap. He is always tired snores, and slow thinking. What can I do to help him?

FATIGUE WITH OSA: Provigil is cheaper and better tolerated than Nuvigil. Also adderal/Ritalin/Starttera can help. Start a gluten free diet Wholeapproach. Com gut loss. Com. If CPAP/BIPAP is poorly tolerated seek ENT CONSULT for UPP/ vs Hyoid suspension. ALSO FOCUS ON WEIGHT LOSS. MAKE SURE LABS ARE RECHECKED ESPECIALLY. VITD &TFTS ...Read more

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I am experiencing personality changes. The following also describe me: Memory problems, Confusion, Apathy, and Slow thinking. What should I do?

I am experiencing personality changes. The following also describe me: Memory problems, Confusion, Apathy, and Slow thinking. What should I do?

Confusing Changes: Please make an appointment with your Primary Care Physician to find out if you have a physical problem causing these changes. If not then it would be good to consult with a Clinical Psychologist who can help you sort out what is troubling you and what to do about it. In addition medication may be helpful. ...Read more

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I am a 57 yr old male and over the last 3 years have developed numerous symptoms my doctor (s) are unable to explain. The few I am most concerned about do affect my functionality: memory, slow thinking, exercise intolerance, resting pulse 48, one eye out o

I am a 57 yr old male and over the last 3 years have developed numerous symptoms my doctor (s) are unable to explain. The few I am most concerned about do affect my functionality: memory, slow thinking, exercise intolerance, resting pulse 48, one eye out o

? thyroid: Slow mem, low exercise tolerance and low resting pulse w/? Eye sxs, could be multiple things, but one not to be missed is low thyroid. Since multiple physicians have seen you, I am sure your thyroid has been checked. Normal values are changing. Tsh should be between 1-2.5. The higher the tsh, w/ lo t4, the more hypothyroid one is. Rx is thyroid hormone replacement. ...Read more

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If you only drink 3sips of water a day for several weeks are you dehydrated? Symptoms include passing out, extreme dizzy, slow thinking and head ache

If you only drink 3sips of water a day for several weeks are you dehydrated? Symptoms include passing out, extreme dizzy, slow thinking and head ache

Insufficient info: How much you drink is only half the equation. How much fluid is lost from urination, sweating, bleeding diarrhea and/or vomiting is the other half. Your sx suggest dehydration but there are other causes too. Further evaluation is indicated. ...Read more

Slow Thinking (Definition)

Slow thinking = cognitive slowing - may occur ...Read more