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Julie, Volunteer Mentor (@julieo4)

The Emotional Side of Hearing Loss

Hearing Loss | Last Active: Jun 26, 2022 | Replies (45)

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A great explanation! I especially like that you said consonants are the identifiers in our language….never heard it expressed that way and an easy way to explain to someone.
I had a page taken out of a book once that had the consonants blanked out. It was mainly to show hearing people what it is we actually hear and it was a shocker to them. They couldn’t read it. I lost it over the years but I plan (on my list) to replicate it and , when I do, I will attach a photo of it.
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I've often had people at a workshop read from a familiar book, or speech like The Gettysburg Address. Remove one of the difficult sounds in the first paragraph. Time the reader. It goes pretty well partly because it's familiar. Then go to the next paragraph and remove a couple more of those sounds. Have a hearing person do the reading, and have another one time them. After a couple paragraphs they give up and the time it has taken them to figure out even part of it is doubled or tripled.

That shows how exhausting it is, especially when you're being timed. 🙂 Auditory fatigue is real.