Diagnosing Hearing Problems

Diagnosing Hearing Problems
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Instructor: Artem Cheprasov
If you watch the video version of this lesson, I hope your speakers are turned up so you can hear everything that is covered! In this lesson, we'll address some important vocabulary related to diagnosing hearing problems.

Hearing

Hello? Can you hear me? What if someone can't hear this at all or has difficulty doing so? What then? Well, you're about to learn some key terminology related to diagnosing hearing problems.

Audio-

If you're listening to this lesson then you heard me say that half of this lesson, the audio part, depends on you being able to hear me, didn't I? You heard it right if you remember me saying that. Hearing, the sense of hearing, has a prefix: audio-. Kind of fitting and easy, right?

There are individuals who specialize in the hearing function called audiologists. The suffix of '-ology' stands for the scientific study of something, while '-ologist' refers to a specialist in a particular field, in this case that of hearing and sound. What do audiologists do? In brief, they use audiometry, the measurement of the sharpness of hearing by generating different tones, like musical notes, in order to figure out if there is a hearing problem. These tones come out at different volumes and frequencies.

Thus, two important terms related to audiometry are hertz and decibels. Hertz refers to the measure of the frequency of sound, meaning it's how high or low a pitch is. A soprano has a high pitch, while a basso profondo has a very low pitch. A decibel is a measure of how loud a sound is. So, a jet engine is obviously much louder than a regular conversation.

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