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Hearing loss simulation videos

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Did you know that one in six people have some degree of hearing loss? Experts predict that by 2050 this number will increase to one in four. If you don’t suffer from hearing loss, it can be difficult to understand the challenges of those who do. Here’s what you need to know.

4 types of hearing loss

Here’s an overview of the four types of hearing loss:

1. Mild hearing loss is often difficult to perceive because many people can still hear most sounds but just softer than before. However, if you’re consistently turning up the volume on your radio or TV to a level that others find too loud or asking others to repeat themselves, you may be in the early stages of hearing loss.

2. Moderate hearing loss makes it difficult to hear people talking at a normal volume, which can make attending social events frustrating. Noisy environments are especially difficult because speech is no longer clear. Rather than hearing distinct voices, the sounds blend together, creating a wash of noise.

3. Severe hearing loss means you can hear some louder sounds, but they will be soft and unclear. You may not be able to hear someone speaking, even if they are using a normal voice. If you have a severe hearing loss, it will be difficult to follow regular conversations.   .

4. Profound hearing loss is a classification of hearing loss where you cannot hear sounds below 90 dB—90 dB is how loud it is next to a lawn mower. With a profound hearing loss, you cannot hear a person next to you shouting at you, or a television turned up high.  .

If you notice any changes in your hearing, visit an audiologist for a comprehensive hearing exam. In over 90 per cent of cases, hearing aids can significantly improve your hearing and quality of life.

Hearing loss simulators

Given the profound impact hearing loss can have on a person’s quality of life, it’s important to support those who suffer from it. To help you understand the experience of those who do, there are number of YouTube videos that simulate what it’s like. The Ear Science Institute of Australia released this video, which uses a song to contrast normal hearing with different levels of hearing loss.

Moreover, this video uses an excerpt from the classic children’s cartoon Fred Flintstone to demonstrate various degrees of hearing loss in conversation.

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