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March comes in like a lion, and goes out like a… ram?

Nuances of Hearing Loss

Leesa Burke, MA, FAAA's picture
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Okay, we KNOW it should be lamb, but very often, a person with hearing impairment may hear a similar word, but one that very much changes the meaning of the phrase. In the above example, familiarity with the phrase would help. But, what about this exchange?

“Hey, nice watch. What kind is it?”

“Oh, it’s 12:30.”

The most common complaint I hear from my patients is “I hear fine, I just don’t get the words.” This could very likely be because the ear is hearing SOME of the sounds within words normally, but is not picking up some of the softer sounding consonants….the “s”, the “f”, the “sh”, the “t”, for example.  These consonants are the elements of words that give words MEANING!

It can be very easy to deny the presence of hearing loss if you “hear fine.” BUT….what if you hear SOME sounds fine, and are missing others that define the word??? There is only one way to be sure….

Get a hearing test! And hope that March does, indeed, go out like a LAMB!

Learn more about the audiology clinic at Hebrew SeniorLife by clicking here.

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Clinical Supervisor, Audiology at Hebrew SeniorLife

Audiologist Leesa Burke, MA, FAAA, is a Fellow in the American Academy of Audiology and a member of the Massachusetts Speech, Language and Hearing Association. Her special areas of interest include rehabilitative audiology, assistive listening devices and counseling for the hearing impaired and their families. Ms. Burke has been featured in the Boston Globe's Senior Set on hearing loss.

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