Hearing Loss



Ten Commandments

the Hearing Impaired Wish You Knew

 I. Thou shalt face the hard of hearing person directly.

II. Thou shalt not turn and walk away while still talking nor talk from another room.

III. Thou shalt keep thy hands away from thy face while talking.

IV. Thou shalt speak clearly, more slowly than usual, but in a normal fashion and without shouting.

V. Thou shalt not repeat the same words over and over if a person has difficulty understanding something, but rather find a different way of saying the same thing.

VI. Thou shalt get the person’s attention before thou startest speaking to him or her.

VII. Thou shalt reduce background noises when holding conversations – turn off the radio or TV.

VIII. Thou shalt not cover thy mouth or chew while talking.

IX. Thou shalt make sure the light is not behind thee nor shining in the person's eyes when thou doth speak.

X. Thou shalt be patient and recognize that hard of hearing people hear and understand less well when they are tired or ill.




How to Read a Hearing Test

People begin to benefit from hearing aids when their thresholds exceed 30dB, especially at 2kHz.  I found this video explanation of how to interpret a hearing test by Carrie Brollier at Saint Jospeh's University in Philadelphia.

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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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The McGurk Effect

You use more than your ears to understand speech.  The Washington Post did a great video on something called the McGurk Effect.  It's how what you see affects what you hear.



Getting Used to a Hearing Aid

It takes time to get used to hearing things you haven't heard in a long time.  At first they're distracting, if not annoying.  With time, though, your brain rewires and learns to dismiss them the way people with normal hearing do.  It's like when you get new glasses and the frames are distracting.  Hearing adaptation just takes a little longer.  Scroll over the bottom of the article to turn to the next page.