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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

It's a LOUD, LOUD, LOUD, LOUD World with hearing aids

I came across an excellent article that describes how LOUD the world is with hearing aids. It was written by Katherine Bouton, a former editor at The New York Times and the author of the forthcoming book “Shouting Won’t Help: Why I — and 50 Million Other Americans — Can’t Hear You.”
If you have a hearing aid, the world is, paradoxically, far noisier than it is for a person with normal hearing. The human ear is a miraculous thing. It can filter out the roar at Madison Square Garden while homing in on the voice of the person in the next seat. A hearing aid can’t do that. 
In a noisy environment like a restaurant, a person with normal hearing will still be able to hear his companion. But in that same environment, a hearing-impaired person will hear chairs scraping, dishes clanking, waiters shouting, all of it bouncing off the high ceilings, the bare walls, the chic metallic tables and chairs — an anxiety-provoking wall of noise.
Read the complete article online here.


Xpressive Handz said...

I can't seem to open the link to the article. Is it my computer, or maybe the link is broke, or the article moved?

(e said...

Thank you for posting this! I am going to share this with some of my students and their families. :)

SpeakUp Librarian said...

Sorry, Xpressive Handz. The link has been fixed now. Thanks for letting me know.