Impression of hearing impairment
Below, there are a number of sound files which you can play to get an impression of what it is like to be suffering from hearing loss or tinnitus.
By clicking the sound files, you can - if you have normal hearing - get an impression of how music sounds to a hearing-impaired person. The first sound is played at 'normal level' and the following sounds have been reduced in relation to the 'normal level'.
The examples show how certain sounds are perceived by a person who suffers from conductive or sensorineural hearing loss. But it may sound differently. The way it sounds to a hearing-impaired person always depends on the type and degree of the hearing loss.
You can also hear some examples of what tinnitus sounds like. But tinnitus can sound in many different ways, and can be more or less intense. So please remember that these sounds are just examples.
The sounds you hear will always depend on the quality of your computer equipment.
You cannot use the sound files to test your own or your patients' hearing. And you cannot test people's hearing on the Internet.
|Conductive hearing loss (10bB)||566 Kb|
|Conductive hearing loss (20bB)||565 Kb|
|Conductive hearing loss (30bB)||565 Kb|
|Sensorineural hearing loss (mild)||571 Kb|
|Sensorineural hearing loss (moderate)||580 Kb|
|Sensorineural hearing loss (severe)||580 Kb|
|Tinnitus (example1)||567 Kb|
|Tinnitus (example2)||566 Kb|
|125 Hz tone||15 Kb|
|250 Hz tone||15 Kb|
|500 Hz tone||15 Kb|
|1000 Hz tone||15 Kb|
|2000 Hz tone||15 Kb|
|4000 Hz tone||15 Kb|
|8000 Hz tone||87 Kb|
These sound files have been provided by the Danish Information Center for Hearing Impairment and Deafness, Delta Akustik and Vibration.