The levels and severity of hearing loss can be tricky to understand, let alone classify or diagnose on your own. There is so much literature on the subject that it can become overwhelming and difficult to comprehend. If you have been confused, here are the six main types of hearing loss you need to know: No Hearing Loss, Mild, Moderate, Moderate to Severe, Severe and Profound. A description of each can help you further understand what your hearing loss may be and where you fall on the decibels (dB) scale.
No Hearing Loss means you have little to no difficulty hearing in almost every situation and setting. These patients fall into the dB (decibel) threshold of zero to 25 dB.
The next degree of hearing loss on this scale is called Mild Hearing Loss. What does this mean? Simply put, the average patient with mild hearing loss has trouble hearing soft sounds in a larger environment, but are usually fine hearing soft sounds in an ambient space. So, in a park you might have difficulty hearing but in the office, you can hear just fine. They fall into the threshold of 26 to 40 dB.
Moderate Hearing Loss is when the patient has difficulty understanding speech with continuous background noise. For example, trying to have a conversation with music playing in the background may make it difficult to understand clearly. Listening to the television at louder volumes is typical in this stage; these individuals fall into the threshold of 41 to 55dB.
Patients with a Moderate to Severe Degree of hearing loss have trouble hearing in regular conversation. Because of this hearing loss, the speaker’s clarity is greatly reduced, making it difficult for the patient to hear them at all. They may ask people to repeat themselves often on the telephone or in- person. These patients fall in to the threshold between 56-70dB.
Severe Hearing Loss is when patients cannot hear normal speech and often are required to rely on lip reading to understand what someone is saying. They may even have difficulty hearing loud speech, resulting in people shouting. These patients fall into the threshold of 71 to 90 dB.
Finally, if the patients are unable to hear the loudest of shouts or essentially anything at all in most situations and settings, they fall into the category of Profound Hearing Loss. Their hearing loss threshold is classified as 91 dB and higher.
These are the six generic degrees of hearing loss that anyone of any age can be dealing with or is going through. If you or a loved one is experiencing any of these hearing conditions or is potentially experiencing this please visit us at Priority Hearing Aid Group.
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