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Thanks for your reply ponderousman.

I've never been able to hear in my right ear. I have severe hearing loss and can only hear extremely loud sounds when they are immediately next to me. I have no speech hearing or comprehension at all in that ear. Evidently from day one, I have used mostly the muscles on the left side of my face for speech and my mouth pulls to the left when I talk. Kind of like I'm talking to my good ear so I can hear myself. (Drew Barrymore talks some out of the side of her mouth too.) I have been aware that I do this, but I don't really know what to do about it. I just kind of accepted it. Now I've found out that some of the TMD issues I've been having might be as a result of my jaw being out of place so much over the years since it pulls to the left when I speak.

I'm always open with people about my hearing loss. Most of the time, they forget because I compensate so well. Have some people who occassionally think I'm ignoring them at times and I don't actually hear that they are talking to me. I try to teach people to get my attention first.

Unfortunately, I'm in tons of meetings. Not my favorite thing, but I am usually able to get a pretty good positioning. I hate social situations with large groups though. I usually miss most of what is being said. I recently found out that my left ear that had always been normal has dropped from normal to 40db in the last 2 years. It is going to take me at least a year to save for hearing aids though so I need to get through the next year figuring out how to compensate for both ears now. What a frustration.

Anyway, I was wondering if anyone else who only hears from one ear finds themselves talking with their mouth moving towards their good ear. If so, what if anything are they doing for it.


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