Hearing loss is generally classified in the following categories: mild, moderate, severe, severe-to-profound, and profound. In order to conclude which degree of hearing loss you have, your hearing health care provider will administer a few tests.
The unit that is utilized to measure the magnitude of sounds are known as decibels (dB).
Here are the various degrees of hearing loss:
Normal: 0-25 dB HL. There is no perceived difficulty in hearing.
Mild: 26-40 dB HL. Problems with hearing and/or comprehending quiet discussions, mainly in noise.
Moderate: 41-60 dB HL. Problems with hearing and/or comprehending speech in conversations.
Severe: 61-80 dB HL. Problems with hearing and/or understanding conversations with groups of people, and loud speech.
Severe to Profound: 81-90 dB HL. Problems with hearing and/or comprehending speech without the use of hearing aid devices.
Profound: 90+ dB HL. Problems with hearing and/or comprehending loud speech and sounds.
Not all types of hearing loss - even if it’s two types with the same degree - are exactly identical. Two people who have the same form of hearing loss could have dissimilar hearing experiences. Furthermore, having a mild form of hearing loss does not suggest mild hearing capabilities or difficulty with communicating with others.
If you, or a loved one, have any of the aforementioned degrees of hearing loss, please contact us at Pure Sound Hearing Aids to schedule a free hearing test and consultation for the best hearing aid options that we have available for you.