Hearing loss simulator

You'll hear simulations of common hearing losses. The audio clips are all examples of perception deafness. This type of hearing loss affects the cochlea or the post-cochlear nervous channels. The middle and outer ear are intact.

The hearing loss simulator of Clinique Auditive Bouchard, Tremblay et Associés, Audioprothésistes Inc. will enable you to better understand what your family members, friends or colleagues perceive and feel because of hearing loss. This simulator lets your hear a conversation in a calm environment compared to a restaurant environment, with a normal hearing then with various simulated hearing loss levels.

Normal hearing

Light hearing loss

Speech in a calm environment

Speech in a restaurant

Graph - Level 1

Light hearing loss of approximately 35 dB HL

Moderately severe hearing loss

Speech in a calm environment

Speech in a restaurant

Consonants are difficult to hear, and words seem incomplete. Noisy environments are difficult. This light hearing loss quite accurately reflects the average hearing loss around the age of 60. Light hearing loss can exclude between 25% and 40% of a conversation's words. The RAMQ program can help you obtain a hearing aid for this level of hearing loss.
Graph - Level 2

Moderately severe hearing loss, only in high-frequencies

Moderate hearing loss

Speech in a calm environment

Speech in a restaurant

Consonants become nearly inaudible. You'll feel that sounds are muffled, difficult to understand, to the point of thinking it's the speaker who doesn't articulate properly. In a noisy environment, conversations are hard to keep up.

A ski-slope type of hearing loss can exclude more than 50% of the words in a conversation, especially in a noisy environment. This hearing loss generally affects people who work in noisy environment and people over 65 years.

Graph - Level 3

Moderate hearing loss of 50 dB HL

Severe hearing loss

Speech in a calm environment

Speech in a restaurant

Hard and soft consonants become inaudible and difficult to understand, especially in a noisy environment. At this stage, people won't understand between 40% and 50% of words in a conversation.
Graph - Level 4

Severe hearing loss of 70 dB HL

Normal hearing

Speech in a calm environment

Speech in a restaurant

Some sounds are inaudible. Communication without a hearing aid is impossible. At this stage, a severe hearing loss can exclude 100% of words in a conversation.
Graph - Level 5
* Any use for commercial purposes is not permitted.

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