Understand hearing loss

Listen to the sound clips below to get a general idea of what hearing loss sounds like. Enjoy the story about Nils Holgersson by the Swedish writer Selma Lagerlöf.

Overview

What hearing loss sound like

We can't hear what other people hear, so it’s usually hard to explain how hearing loss changes our perception of sound. Listen to an example to get an idea of how hearing loss affects the ability to distinguish speech.

With hearing loss

Without hearing loss

Resources

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Get a general idea of how hearing loss can affect our ability to distinguish speech.

Hear examples

The rock revolution forced musician Rune to turn up the volume. This had effects later in life.

Read Rune's story