Understanding the Degrees of Hearing Loss

Understanding the Degrees of Hearing Loss

Understanding the Degrees of Hearing Loss

If you suspect that you are experiencing hearing loss, it is important to understand the degree of your hearing loss so you can determine what your best course of action should be.

While hearing loss is measured in decibels, or dB, it can better explained with comparisons to real-world sounds. It is much easier to imagine what two birds chirping sounds like than to try to wrap your head around how loud 25 dB can be. Silence is obviously 0 dB, while the loudest sound would be around or over 120 dB. For reference, a normal conversation volume would be around 50 dB.

Mild Hearing Loss

Decibel Range: 26 to 40 dB.

If you have difficulty hearing normal conversations in slightly noisier environments but have no problem in quiet situations, you might be suffering from mild hearing loss. Those with mild hearing loss will not hear soft noises at all, such as a leaves rustling or birds chirping

Moderate Hearing Loss

Decibel Range: 41 to 55 dB

People experience moderate hearing loss will have considerable difficulty understanding normal speech in any environment, especially one with background noise of any volume. If you also find yourself requiring higher volume levels when watching television or listening to the radio, you could very well be experiencing moderate hearing loss.

Moderate to Severe Hearing Loss

Decibel Range: 56 to 70 dB

If you are constantly asking people to repeat themselves in normal conversation because they are not sounding clear or if you are having trouble picking up on sounds similar to a vacuum cleaner, there is a strong chance you are being affected by moderate to severe hearing loss

Severe Hearing Loss

Decibel Range: 71 to 90 dB

Normal conversation is inaudible to those experiencing severe hearing loss. The only way to communicate is by shouting and you cannot hear what others are saying without the use of a hearing aid.

Profound Hearing Loss

Decibel Range: 91+ dB

At this level of hearing loss, only very loud noises (motorcycles, rock concert) are heard. Those with profound hearing loss will find it virtually impossible to communicate by speaking and even loud conversations will be completely inaudible to them. Very powerful hearing aids are the only way they can participate in conversations.

Local Hearing Loss Experts

Are you having trouble communicating regularly with others in a quiet environment? Contact Clear Choice Hearing Center today to schedule an appointment!

ClearChoice Hearing Center

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