Robin blogs about the Impact of more than one Voice at once.


Robin tells us

If I am in a queue of people at my old school, when they are all talking at the same time I often don't know who's talking. I get confused between the teacher or the pupils and then I get dizzy and brain freeze which isn't a nice feeling to have.

Robin's blog snippet mirrors the experience of many with CVIs. Is is evident from Robin's account that this not only created confusion but was also potentially embarrassing for them as they were unable to determine who was speaking and if indeed if they were addressing them . This is particularly problematic if an individual communicating with a person with CVIs assumes that the affected person realises that they are being spoken to.

In people who do not have CVIs, their attention may often be drawn to the speaker by means of non verbal cues. For an affected person, body language such as eye contact, gestures or facial expressions may prove impossible to interpret, especially in busy, noisy environments due to increased 'processing load'. In a school or wider social situation this may be interpreted as rudeness or even defiant behaviour.

Such everyday situations as Robin describes may contribute greatly to anxiety and stress in an affected person, as it does for Robin, and significantly affect their function.

Even in a less noisy, calmer environment, it is important to discreetly ensure that a person with CVIs is aware that you are addressing them, you may need to first gain their attention by using their name.

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