I started in the assistive hearing sector in 2004 and I hadn't a clue about hearing loss. The only people I knew about, not personally, worked in the legendary Ferranti's. They were profoundly deaf and used to sign to each other across, if I remember correctly, the Machine Shop area. Most of the knowledge I have gained over the last 12 years is from the people I have met who have told me about their hearing loss and the effects on their lives. One of the first people I met told me that they knew that I was talking to them but they couldn't understand what I was saying.
Having a better understanding of the different types of hearing loss allows anyone in a support position such as a teachers, education support officers or mentors to provide better support to those with hearing impairments or total hearing loss. If you have any questions about these videos and their content, or want to discuss assistive hearing devices further, don't hesitate to get in touch.
MED-EL have given express permission to show four of their Educational Videos on the ihear website. They cover Hearing and How it Works, Conductive Hearing Loss, Sensorineural Hearing Loss and Mixed Hearing Loss.
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