Auditory examples – hearing loss

Below are six examples of what it is like to listen to speech with varying levels of hearing loss, both with and without background noise. This demonstrates just how much more difficult it is to hear in background noise than in quiet, which is one of the most common problems encountered by people with hearing loss.

Please make sure your speaker volume is set at a comfortable listening level.

Normal hearing

Without Background Noise

With Background Noise

High frequency hearing loss

Without Background Noise

With Background Noise

Presbycusis 
(typical of age-related hearing loss)

Without Background Noise

With Background Noise