Hearing Loss Audiogram: How it works

Posted on November 18, 2010. Filed under: 1, hearing education, hearing educatoin, hearing health | Tags: , , , , |

Once you suspect you might suffer from loss of hearing, the next step is to visit your local Miami hearing center where an Audiologist such as Dr. Joseph Duran will be able to perform hearing tests and give you a correct diagnosis on your level of hearing loss. The results of which are illustrated in an audiogram.

Knowing what the audiogram means is very important. In the illustration below (obtained from the Phonak Website), you will see the different parts of an audiogram.

The frequencies: deal with the low frequencies such as the hum of an engine located on the far left, and the high frequencies such as the twitter of a bird, located on the far right.

The loudness level: deals with how loud each frequency is from very loud (at the bottom) to very low/soft (at the top). The values of which are represented in decibels (dB). According to the Phonak website the healthy human ear can hear sounds starting as soft as 0 dB up until 110 dB which is when you would start to feel pain.

After you know what each means you will be able to better understand the results of your hearing test, and begin taking care of hearing health appropriately.

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