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The Four Levels of Hearing Loss - Where Do You Fit?

The Four Levels of Hearing Loss - Where Do You Fit?

Hearing loss is a common health problem that continues to affect millions of people all over the U.S. What makes it prevalent is the fact that many people are unaware of the condition. Those who are aware of it still do not consider it a serious illness. The main reason for this ignorance is attributed to the fact that hearing loss is a gradual process which worsens with age, and people often realize they have a hearing problem when it is too late. Moreover, the majority of people find out through family members or friends.

It is difficult for the sufferer to identify the problem.  In most cases, you see people raise the volume of the radio, TV, or ask others to repeat something during a conversation. However, having difficulties with your hearing ability is a serious health problem. Therefore, it is important to know the severity of the loss so that you can seek appropriate treatment.

Treatment of hearing loss depends on the type of hearing loss and causes. There are many solutions available that can be used to treat hearing loss. However, the treatment depends on your hearing test which determines the level of your hearing loss. The following are some of the most common levels of hearing loss as classified by audiologists.

1. Mild Hearing Loss

The quietest sounds people with mild hearing loss can hear are between 25 and 40 dB. This means they cannot hear sounds soft such as a ticking clock or dripping faucet. Although they can follow a one-on-one conversation, it can be difficult to catch every word in noisy environments. Fortunately, mild hearing loss can be rectified by using a hearing aid, which amplifies the low sounds and makes it easy to hear.

2. Moderate Hearing Loss

On average, someone with moderate hearing loss cannot hear sounds that are less than 40-75 dB. People with moderate hearing loss may have difficulty understanding normal speech. One may be unable to hear the ringing of a doorbell or a telephone. Also, it can be difficult to follow or hear sounds during normal conversations. Depending on an individual’s hearing health, a moderate hearing loss can also be improved by using a hearing aid or middle ear implants.

3. Severe Hearing Loss

A person with severe hearing loss can have difficulty following a conversation without wearing a hearing aid. It is almost impossible to understand normal speech when one is not wearing a hearing aid. Although a hearing aid can be helpful, in most cases they are not that efficient in improving the ability of hearing. One of the treatments that can effectively rectify severe hearing loss is middle ear implants if appropriate or cochlear implants.

4. Profound Hearing Loss

This is the most significant and severe level of hearing loss. People suffering from this degree of hearing loss cannot hear sounds softer than 90-120 dB. For those suffering from profound hearing loss, using a hearing aid is most often ineffective. Profound hearing loss makes it difficult to even hear loud sounds, such as airplane engines or fire alarms. People with this degree of hearing loss cannot hear at all and usually rely on lip-reading, gesture or other visual cues. Some people will decide to use sign language. One of the best solutions to profound hearing loss is a cochlear implant, which can help an individual hear and understand speech after surgery and with rehabilitation.

 


Comments

pietersen 2018-07-19 06:16:58

Hey i was on TB Treatment for 11 months, since 2011 November i lost my hearing, just want to know is the any possibility of getting my hearing back? because now i am depending on hearing AIDS.

SRamaramani 2018-09-08 12:32:49

My hearing effect is level third how can i use this to get government disability job

Malar 2018-09-08 12:34:43

My hearing effect is level third how can i use this to get government disability job

Jay 2018-09-28 11:31:03

Stop trying to find excuses to receive free money. You can work with hearing loss. Bums.

Jay 2018-09-28 11:31:12

Stop trying to find excuses to receive free money. You can work with hearing loss. Bums.

Shweta 2018-10-02 00:42:55

My child of 10yrs has profound hearing loss in left ear suggest please

Abdulkahar 2018-10-14 09:23:22

Hi, Mild hearing loss at 4000hz is any deficiency which affecting any technical job? R25db L24db

Maia Valles 2018-10-25 12:13:51

Is moderate to severe hearing exist

Bruce 2018-10-29 15:20:58

If you are profound deaf you'll not be able to communicate without hearing aids. The government will help you get hearing aids. Even with aids it will be difficult to communicate. I know, cause I'm profoundly deaf. It's not a hand out, it's common sense. Give aids or disability. I worked 5 years with those aids, then I retired.

Kay 2018-11-16 02:03:48

The USA government won't help people get hearing aids, or dental. I'm surprised at how other countries are so far ahead of the US. Kind of sad, really.

Karen 2018-11-16 13:44:56

Kay, you may think those other countries will give free hearing aids and medical care; but, FREE is not Free. There is a pecking order & if you like to pay 40% to 90% income taxes then go on over there and get your free medicine that’s not really free or good. Ask some foreigners about it!! .

Karen 2018-11-16 13:45:03

Kay, you may think those other countries will give free hearing aids and medical care; but, FREE is not Free. There is a pecking order & if you like to pay 40% to 90% income taxes then go on over there and get your free medicine that’s not really free or good. Ask some foreigners about it!! .

Karen 2018-11-16 13:45:07

Kay, you may think those other countries will give free hearing aids and medical care; but, FREE is not Free. There is a pecking order & if you like to pay 40% to 90% income taxes then go on over there and get your free medicine that’s not really free or good. Ask some foreigners about it!! .

Karen 2018-11-16 13:45:08

Kay, you may think those other countries will give free hearing aids and medical care; but, FREE is not Free. There is a pecking order & if you like to pay 40% to 90% income taxes then go on over there and get your free medicine that’s not really free or good. Ask some foreigners about it!! .

Karen 2018-11-16 13:45:09

Kay, you may think those other countries will give free hearing aids and medical care; but, FREE is not Free. There is a pecking order & if you like to pay 40% to 90% income taxes then go on over there and get your free medicine that’s not really free or good. Ask some foreigners about it!! .

Karen 2018-11-16 13:45:42

Kay, you may think those other countries will give free hearing aids and medical care; but, FREE is not Free. There is a pecking order & if you like to pay 40% to 90% income taxes then go on over there and get your free medicine that’s not really free or good. Ask some foreigners about it!! .

Christy 2018-11-23 16:13:02

Thx for the information given.

sampath 2018-11-24 05:36:06

my right ear is 28db & left ear is 78 db please tell my percentage sir

Shawna 2018-11-25 14:38:52

So I could always hear things no one else could like lights and old tvs that hum. Strange things like motors of fans would drive me crazy. Whispering people I could hear even if it was not me they were whispering to. Ugh the sound of someone writing with a pencil was the freaking worst. Then we went shooting and I did not get in my earplugs before some one shot a 38 snub nose. I never had problems not hearing till then. Now I miss some tones like female voices. I have to get used to how sound works in every new place I go. So I may hear you in one place but not the next. I still here stupid shit like fans yet I can not hear the door bell if I am not next to it. Forget the alarm clock cause I can not hear it at all. Some sounds come to me so loud its scares the hell out of me, like my husband can scratch the mattress and it will wake me up freaking out like it was the worst sound ever. I was told that hearing aids would make my sensitivity worse, so I sit hear figuring I am slowly going deaf. My husband wants me to learn to sign, but I know not one person that can sign. He did not find it funny when I said well at least then I will still be able to talk to myself in the mirror.

B.Van 2018-11-27 17:30:09

I have congenital nerve deafness. My hearing has gotten worse as I have aged. There are things I do not hear at all. I have great difficulty with hearing others. I can know someone is speaking. I cannot always make out what they are saying, even with hearingaids. Worse problem is being made fun of when I answer a question incorrectly. Many hearing impaired are treated as though they have a mental problem. We are not STUPID. It is a disability that you cannot see, but it greatly affects us.

TIFFANY 2018-12-02 08:25:51

To B.Van Thank u for clarifying this. We are not stupid. My doctor says I have an unusual hearing. Im 37yrs old. I have permenant moderate hearing loss. I have to have hearing aides in both ears. In 20 ears I wont be able to hear at all. Plus i have a pacemaker and defibulator as well. Anyway, thanks again B.Van.

Uday narayan singh 2018-12-05 04:45:41

Age 75

My right ear is severe and left is moderate. Which db_ hearing aid i can use????? Pls guide me

Uday narayan singh 2018-12-05 05:00:39

Age 75

My right ear is severe and left is moderate. Which db_ hearing aid i can use????? Pls guide me

my,left, ear is,moderate,, & my age is_28 ;what, hearing,aid i,can use? 2018-12-08 11:05:02

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