By Professor John M. Burkey
In child Boomers and listening to Loss, audiologist John Burkey exhibits readers how they could proceed to get pleasure from younger residing, whether their listening to talents are undiminished or critically compromised.
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Finally, it is important to know how to interpret the audiogram, a graph of the hearing test results. What Can Be Learned from a Hearing Test The most obvious thing that can be learned from a hearing test is a person’s hearing sensitivity, that is, the softest volume at which someone can hear a range of sounds. This measure can be used to rule out, confirm, or quantify a hearing loss. It can also be compared to previous tests to check for any changes in hearing. In most people’s minds 38 Chapter Three this is where the value of a hearing test ends.
This form of classification does not convey the severity of a loss or whether it is medically correctable. A traumatic hearing loss resulting from falling off a roof could be slight or severe. It might be permanent or surgically treatable. Furthermore, the hearing loss suffered by one person falling off a roof can be entirely different from that of another person who experiences a similar fall. Cause by itself does not serve as a particularly helpful classification for hearing loss. Trying to categorize How the Ear Works 35 hearing loss primarily in terms of severity, pattern, permanence, or hearing aid candidacy presents similar problems.
Hearing loss is an affront to baby boomer expectations. Baby boomers typically see themselves as too young to suffer hearing loss. The existence of hearing loss may instead be seen as a failure of the medical and scientific advances that baby boomers have come to expect. Hearing loss represents unforeseen disability and hardship. It means one may have to do less or settle for less. Although some baby Baby Boomers and Hearing Loss 27 boomers may wish to follow the lead of previous generations and try to ignore hearing loss as a problem, this strategy is impractical and almost guarantees a negative outcome.