It appears I have a hearing problem. The problem is not physiological. My ears are fine, I can perceive sounds correctly, I have not sustained any hearing loss. The problem is psychological; it has more to do with how I interpret the things I hear. Let me provide you with some examples as I’m sure I am not the only one suffering from this disorder.
If my husband says, “Are those new jeans?”
I hear, “Are you spending money on things we can’t afford, you selfish twat?!”
If a friend says, “You look really good today. Fantastic!”
I hear, “You look like crap every other day. Grotesque!”
If my mother says, “Mi’ja perdiste peso? (Mi’ja did you lose weight?)”
I hear, “Gorda! Gorda! Gorda! (Fatso! Fatso! Fatso!)”
If a co-worker says, “That was a great idea.”
I hear, “I had no idea you even had a brain.”
If someone says, “You are hilarious!”
I just thank them because I’m not crazy and the truth is, I can be quite funny.
Suffering from what can only be described as Hypercritical Unsubstantiated Self-destructive Hearing or HUSH can be a very isolating condition. If you suffer from HUSH, know that you are not alone, that there are others like you.
Also, be aware that this affliction need not be permanent. Before you pick a fight with your significant other, or stomp off in a huff from some unsuspecting well-wisher, remind yourself that sometimes a person says exactly what they mean.