Degree of Hearing Loss

Posted on March 3, 2011. Filed under: 1, hearing education, hearing educatoin, hearing health | Tags: , , , , |

There are many different conditions that cause loss of hearing. These include Mixed Hearing Loss, Conductive Hearing Loss, Sensorineural Hearing Loss, and Unilateral Hearing Loss. The level to which each of these conditions affect your hearing health varies. How do you know when you have a profound or a mild degree of hearing loss?

According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), the degree of damage of a person’s hearing loss range can be measured in decibels (dB HL). Normal hearing ranges from -10 dB to 15 dB. A person suffering from slight hearing loss has a range of 16 dB to 25 dB.

If a person suffers from mild hearing loss, due to hearing damage, they have a hearing loss range of 26 dB to 40 dB. A moderate degree of loss of hearing ranges from 41 dB to 55 dB. A moderately severe hearing loss is between 56 dB to 70 dB. Severe hearing loss ranges from 71 dB to 90 dB. Profound hearing loss, which would be the highest level of hearing loss, it means they have a hearing loss range of 91 dB or more.

If you believe you are suffering from any type of hearing damage, do not hesitate to contact your local Audiologist, such as Dr. Joseph Duran, who can perform a hearing test to check for the degree of hearing loss.

 

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