Hearing Loss Defined:
- "What's the difference between a deaf and hard of hearing person?"
- Hearing loss categories and possible accommodations
The Real Sounds of Hearing Loss: Shots - Health News: NPR
For the hearing-impaired, sounds are quieter, but they can also be fuzzier and maddeningly distorted. Listen to these audio clip simulations of what that kind of hearing loss sounds like.
The North Dakota School for the Deaf/Resource Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing provides audiological services to all students ages 0-21. Direct comprehensive audiological services to NDSD/RCDHH students include the following: audiological assessment, personal amplification analysis, tympanograms, evaluations, earmold and swimplug impressions, and evaluation of classroom acoustics. Education is also provided by the audiologist to staff, students and parents in meeting the audiological needs of the deaf and hard of hearing indviduals.
- North Dakota Pediatric Audiologists (951kb pdf)
Signs of Hearing Loss
Learn about social, emotional, and medical signs indicating that you might have a hearing loss.
Hearing Loss Prevention
- Prevention of hearing loss from noise exposure
- Noise and Hearing Loss Prevention from the CDC
- "How loud is too loud?"
- Noise and Hearing Loss Prevention from the American Speech-Language- Hearing Association
Impact of hearing loss
- The impact of treated hearing loss on quality of life
- Untreated hearing loss linked to depression, anxiety, social isolation in seniors
- Sudden onset of hearing loss
- Psychological Effects of Hearing Loss in Teens - Research intensive report by Ann Steele, a professional MF therapist, on the psychological effects of hearing loss on kids and teens. The article includes a PDF which paints a portrait of teenage hearing loss, complete with possible causes, distinctions between various types of hearing loss, and the role of speech and hearing in social identity.
- Cochlear implants: This technology may help some individuals when hearing aids or other technology does not. A cochlear implant is a surgically implanted artificial inner ear or cochlea. The implant uses a thin metal coil to electronically stimulate the hearing nerve, bypassing a damaged or deformed cochlea. In contrast, a hearing aid simply amplifies sound and sends it through the malfunctioning cochlea to the hearing nerve. In many cases an implant will provide an improvement in the use of sound far beyond what a hearing aid can provide, but implants do not restore normal hearing. It does, however, allow for the perception of sound "sensation.