What Does Hearing Loss Sound Like?
What would it be like to have a family member or friend experience what your hearing is like?
Conductive hearing loss (such as the loss caused by impacted wax or ear infection) is basically a loss of hearing sensitivity. The inner ear itself is not affected. However, sensorineural hearing loss, the most common type found in adults, involves damage to the inner ear, causing distorted speech perception and hypersensitivity to loud sounds.
To get a sense of what it’s like to have a hearing loss, go to the Hearing Loss Sampler web page at the University of Wisconsin.
Developed by Scott Bradley, Ph.D., of the University of Wisconsin, the site simulates different degrees and patterns of hearing loss. Of course, it’s not the same as truly experiencing hearing loss full-time. This includes misunderstanding a friend or spouse or choosing not to go to a social function because of the communication difficulties. People with untreated hearing loss are more likely to experience anxiety, social isolation and depression.
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