Hearing Loss Defined: Understanding Your Diagnosis

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Hearing Loss Defined: Understanding Your Diagnosis

  1. 1. Hearing Loss DefinedUnderstanding Your DiagnosisCall Today (281) 882-3797
  2. 2. If you’ve been diagnosed with hearing loss, it is important to understand what the results of your hearing test are actually telling you.Call Today (281) 882-3797
  3. 3. To discover the answer, let’s review some basic terms your hearing professional will use to discuss your degree or level of loss.Call Today (281) 882-3797
  4. 4. When you have a hearing test, the results are plotted on an audiogram. The softest sound you are able to hear, at least 50% of the time, is called your threshold. Normal thresholds for adults are 0-25 dB. If you have a loss of hearing, your degree of loss is categorized by your threshold.Call Today (281) 882-3797
  5. 5. Mild Hearing difficulty will occur for soft speech and listening in background noise. Hearing in quiet is generally manageable.Call Today (281) 882-3797
  6. 6. Moderate At this degree of loss, difficulty hearing conversations will occur, especially while in background noise. The television and radio may also need to be turned higher.Call Today (281) 882-3797
  7. 7. Moderately-severe Clarity of speech is significantly reduced and the most difficulty will occur in groups.Call Today (281) 882-3797
  8. 8. Severe Normal conversation is not audible. Loud speech is also difficult to hear or understand. At this degree of loss, the person can hear only if speech is shouted or amplified for them.Call Today (281) 882-3797
  9. 9. Profound At this level even amplified speech is difficult to understand.Call Today (281) 882-3797

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