Hearing Loss

Ten Commandments

the Hearing Impaired Wish You Knew


I. Thou shalt not speak to the listener from another room.

II. Thou shalt not speak with your back toward the listener or while the listener's back is toward you.

III. Thou shalt not speak as you walk away.

IV. Thou shalt not turn your face away from the listener while continuing to talk.

V. Thou shalt not speak while background noise (water running, radio or TV playing, people talking, etc.) is as loud or louder than your voice.

VI. Thou shalt not start to speak before getting the listener's attention or while the listener is reading, engrossed in a TV program, or otherwise preoccupied.

VII. Thou shalt not speak while your face is hidden in shadow.

VIII. Thou shalt not obstruct the view of your mouth while speaking.

IX. Thou shalt not speak rapidly or by shouting.

X. Thou shalt be patient, supportive, and loving when the listener appears to have difficulty comprehending what has been said.

How to Read a Hearing Test


Telecoils and Looped Rooms

If you have a hearing aid with a telecoil, you can use it to hear lectures and music clearly if the room is "looped".  Most hearing aids come standard with a telecoil.  If you aren't sure how to use yours, give me a call.  Click on the link below to see a list of "looped" venues in Santa Barbara.

The Unfair Hearing Test

If you don't have a hearing loss, take this test to see what it's like.  Words aren't softer as much as they're unclear.

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History of Deaf Education

After you start the video, you can turn on the closed captions by clicking on the  symbol at the bottom of the screen.


The McGurk Effect

The McGurk Effect is why what you see affects what you hear.


Getting Used to a Hearing Aid

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