The Shaded Area Between 0 and 25 dB Is Where Normal Hearing Should Fall.
Some Common dB Thresholds
0 dB Threshold Where Normal Hearing Starts
10 dB Normal Breathing
15 dB Whisper – Dripping Faucet
60 dB Normal Conversation
90 dB Lawn Mower – Skill Saw
110 dB Chain Saw
120 dB Jet – Rock Band
As you can see from my audiogram shown above, I have significant high frequency hearing loss. As an example, I recently bought a sonic bark prevention collar for my dog, and was about to take it back for a refund, thinking it was defective, when my wife came out to see what was causing the high pitched beeping. She heard it very loudly, from the other end of the house, yet I could not even detect the sound it was emitting.
This sound byte will show you how I hear the world ... This is a large file and may take long to download!
Before you go feeling sorry for me, remember SSG Brucken, who was also in the fighting trench with me and was totally deaf the last time I saw him.
You should also remember that in Operation Wayne Grey, 106 soldiers died. I was one of the luckier survivors.
PS: If you were there and remember the 105 mm artillery round landing on my fighting position, please email me your memories. The VA has denied me assistance with my tinnitus, because I can't PROVE MY INJURY WAS COMBAT RELATED. They never put any entry in my medical records about this incident, even though they did award me the Purple Heart for the action. Guess they were too busy to bother with making an entry into my medical records. The VA in Columbia wouldn't work with me since I had no proof of service connection for the tinnitus and high frequency loss.
PPS: The VA here in Ashville, NC agreed that the damage to my hearing was classic concussion trauma. I just got fitted with state of the art hearing aids...WOW!!!!! I guess I really didn't realize just how bad it was. It is amazing to be able to hear people speaking in a normal voice and actually understand all they are saying, without having to stare intently and lip read. Even more wonderful is being able to follow conversations in restaurants and other noisy environments. Now that I can finally hear reasonably well, I am quite amazed at how well I actually coped without adequate hearing. I now realize, however, just how much of my mental energy I was expending on the effort of hearing and understanding. I can't believe I had to cope with this disability for the last 38 years. Wonder how much better life would have been without that additional stress.
Just a word to the others of you out there, keep trying...eventually you will find someone who believes you and has the moral fortitude to help. I know my small problem with hearing pales in comparison to some of you who have lost limbs, eyes, all hearing, but to me it was still a big deal. Hope you all find a sympathetic ear soon.
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