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I'm confused in ように in the following sentence. Maybe it connects to 聞こえる or maybe means "in order to" ? I'm not sure about it here.

Some sort of translation: "Conversations in this period of time means, that they are taking the opportunity to clear the gloom from exams studying, the fact that it sounds a bit unnatural maybe is my imagination."

この時期の会話というのは、受験勉強の鬱屈【うっ・くつ】をここぞとばかりに晴らそうとするように、妙にキンキンと聞こえるのは気のせいだろうか。

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I believe it is a split apart ~ように聞こえる (sounds like ~ / sounds as if ~).

聞こえる is modified twice, once by the clause ending in ように, and once again by 妙にキンキンと.

この時期の会話というのは、受験勉強の鬱屈をここぞとばかりに晴らそうとするように、妙にキンキンと聞こえるのは気のせいだろうか。 The(se things called) conversations around this period, I wonder if it is my imagination that they sound unnaturally shrill, and like/as if they are an attempt to eagerly snatch at the opportunity to clear up the gloom of studying for exams.

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The meaning seems to be:

About this period's conversation, its meaning is that, "I wonder whether hearing the 'kin kin' (piercing, metallic sound) exactly in the right moment, such that it cleared up my exam-studying gloom, was just imagination."

The するように is a device for expressing that the sound's effect was such as to clear up the gloom.

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