What Does It Sound Like to Have Hearing Loss? – Part 9

Recently, we spoke about what it sounds like to have hearing loss. This is the final part of the series.

We are using a selection of text from one of Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes’ book, which is legally out of copyright, and therefore appropriate for open samples.

Using these audio files, you can spot the differences, and understand for yourself, what it might be like to have each of these hearing problems.

When we publish an audio file which illustrates a particular type of hearing damaged we will also publish the Normal Hearing file so that you can compare the difference for yourself.

For previous audio file – what Severe High Frequency Loss sounds like – click here

For previous audio file – what Medium High Frequency sounds like – click here

For previous audio file – what Mild High Frequency sounds like – click here

For previous audio file – what tinnitus pulsed noise sounds like – click here

For previous audio file – what tinnitus random noise sounds like – click here

For previous audio file – what a person with Tinnitus tone at 8 khz would hear – click here

For previous audio file – what a person with Tinnitus tone at 3.5 khz would hear – click here

Track 1 is Normal Hearing

Track 9 is with "recruitment" in which the ears are deaf until the sound level exceeds a threshold after which the ears suddenly "turn on" producing a choppy sound that is very hard to understand.