Hearing the simplest sound, such as a beep at a grocery story checkout is very important. Often, I see grocery items getting passed over the checkout and hear the beep and can only imagine the difficulty it can be for those with a hearing loss. Each beep signifies that the item was entered and billed. The next time you’re in the grocery store or at checkout, notice the many beeps being heard at all of the registers. Confusion can set in for those who don”t hear the beep, or have difficulty locating the direction of the sound. When a person has hearing loss different in each ear, it can be difficult to tell where the sound is coming from. A person with the most common high frequency hearing loss often cannot hear the beeps.
To hear these beeps can be taken for granted. The stores are very busy and especially noisy this time of year, around the holidays. As an audiologist, it’s our responsibility to help you to hear everything that is a part of life, including beeps.