Out of curiosity... I found since I was in high school that I pretty much had a hard time "deciphering" what others say with a not-so-loud level of background noise. For example, I can remember being in the lunchroom in high school and had a hard time making out what a person was saying fully...as if I had to fill in the blanks. I'm not talking about "rock concert" loud. Did you all with T have this problem as well? It wasn't as if I had hearing problems. In fact, when I was in my early 20s, I took a hearing test and all was fine.