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Old 18th September 2017, 08:49 AM   #48
dann
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Originally Posted by Sherkeu View Post
Exactly. How does a doctor verify 'hearing loss' independent of the patients reporting?

Normal hearing tests use tones where the patient raises their hand when they can hear it. To really determine it, they'd have to look at how the brain itself responds to sound, independent of what the person says they can/cannot hear.
I'm not so sure. I think that it would take a lot of training to be able to fake loss of hearing. When I was tested as part of conscription by the Danish army back in the mid 1980s (when I wasn't nearly as hard of hearing as I am now: I was deemed fully able to serve!), they seemed to be convinced that I wasn't faking my deficient hearing even though I didn't try to hide the fact that I didn't want to join the army under any circumstances.
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