Hearing Loss

Ten Commandments

the Hearing Impaired Wish You Knew

 I. Thou shalt face the listener.

II. Thou shalt not talk from another room.

III. Thou shalt speak a little slower rather than louder.

IV. Thou shalt choose a different phrasing when asked to repeat.

V. Thou shalt consider calling the listener's name first.

VI. Thou shalt reduce background noise.

VII. Thou shalt not trail off at the end of thy sentences.

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

IX. Thou shalt understand that it's harder to guess what you said when a hearing impaired person is tired.

X. Thou shalt be patient.




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

With a typical high frequency hearing loss, they sound unclear.  (The link to the test is gone off the internet.  I just got the ancient Zenith record on ebay and I haven't gotten it converted to MP3 yet.)

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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.