Demonstrations: Simulated Listening with Hearing Loss & Devices

DemoListening with Hearing Loss

Listening with FM Systems

Listening with Cochlear Implants

Listening with Auditory Neuropathy Spectrum Disorder

Demonstrations of the challenges of speechreading can be found HERE

Oticon eCaps – a powerful hearing loss simulator for the iPad or PC

Oticon PediatricsMuch acclaimed by educational audiologists, this 1.5 MB hearing loss simulator is free for download and ready for use to demonstrate the effects of hearing loss to families, teachers, class peers and others. Once downloaded, to use: (1) From the “Who are you speaking with today” home page, tap on Pediatrics Segment. This takes you to the “Compose Your Agenda” page. (2) From the “Your Story” column you want to be sure to select “Audiogram” and “Speech in Noise”. (3) From the “What are the steps to better hearing?” column you want to be sure to select Hearing Aid Benefits and FM Benefits. Of course you can select as many other items as you want, but to be able to use the audio simulations you need the above components. (4) Then tap “Start” and then the forward arrow. This takes you to the audiogram page. (5) Input information about the child’s hearing in the right and left ear. (6) Then select Speech – the simulation options will pop up with images of a man, a woman and a child. Tap the forward arrow. Now you will be able to demonstrate the benefits of hearing aids. (7) Unmute and slide the slider to the right to increase the background noise. (8) To get to FM benefits, tap the forward arrow. This takes you to Oticon advances features and tap the forward arrow again. Now you are in FM benefits!  Unmute and select listening options (no HA, HA and HA+FM). This can be done for school and home environments!

Oticon Professionals    This is an updated version of the Oticon eCaps program. There are the same demos with entering in an audiogram, speech in noise, hearing aid simulation, hearing aid + FM simulation as there are with eCaps.  There are also scenarios for Communication Strategies, How We Hear (goes over anatomy) and an Eye Chart (visual representation of hearing loss).  information is also available about counseling, products and services.

Listening is hard work when you aren’t able to hear all of the speech sounds! Children with hearing loss are usually more fatigued than their typically hearing friends or siblings. For a brief article on this topic from Britain, download Tiredness in Deaf Children

Welcoming the Child with Hearing Loss into Child Care  Not a simulation but good information to share with the parent and/or child care provider along with your suggestion to listen to a hearing loss simulation.

Thanks to all of the researchers who made these resources available!

Simulating unilateral or mild hearing loss with families? Purchase a pack of 15-pair from Supporting SuccessExperiencing the listening challenges is a valuable strategy for facilitating understanding of the importance of ‘little hearing losses.’

Visual Simulations of the IMPACT of Hearing Loss

missing bits and piecesSimulations like the yellow story shown can be very effective in getting across the concept of being able to ‘hear’ but not fully understand or the time lag needed to integrate all of the pieces before comprehension occurs.  This story is based on The Country Mouse and the City Mouse which is well known by many teachers.

Another approach is to provide a visual representation of a student’s estimated access to verbal instruction as identified with the Functional Listening Evaluation. A ready-made handout showing classroom directions imposed over 100 puzzle pieces is a very effective way of visually showing the impact of hearing loss.

Simulation of Listening in Varying Classroom Acoustic Conditions

Quick 4-slide Demonstration Be sure to include this 4-slide PowerPoint show with embedded audio files as you inservice teachers. You must show it as a PowerPoint slide show to be able to hear the various simulations. It simulates the effects of distance, high and low frequency listening and reverberation. Classroom Acoustics 4 slides  Our thanks to Phonak for the original materials.

Simulation of Listening with a Hearing Loss – via entering individual audiogram

  • Hearing Loss Simulator     Source: NIOSH / Centers for Disease Control. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Hearing Loss Simulator (HLSim) displays a “control panel” for showing the effects of hearing loss visually on the frequency band control panel and sound level display screen while the user listens to the audio playback. For more information or to request a NIOSH Hearing Loss Simulator CD, contact NIOSH Mining at

Simulations of Listening with a Hearing Loss (audio demonstrations with visuals)

Simulations of Listening with a Hearing Loss (audio recording demonstrations)

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