It is very important to understand hearing impairment, as this is the first step towards recovery and also contributes to making informed decisions about your hearing.
What is Hearing Loss?
Hearing impairment is the partial or total inability to identify sounds due to damage in one or multiple parts of the ear.
Hearing Loss Degrees
Hearing measurement helps identify the root and type of the hearing problem and gives the audiologist the ability to recommend the best hearing solutions. Hearing tests measure the amount of sound we hear, helping us find the best solution for the problem.
The degree of hearing impairment is measured by a unit known as decibels. People with normal hearing can hear sounds as low as 20 dB. Specialists classify the amount of hearing impairment experienced by a person into several degrees:
Mild Hearing Loss
The degree of hearing impairment experienced by the person undergoing the hearing test is between 25 and 39 dB.
Moderate Hearing Loss
The degree of hearing impairment is between 40 and 69 dB.
Severe Hearing Loss
The degree of hearing impairment is between 70 and 89 dB.
Profound Hearing Loss
The degree of hearing impairment is greater than 90 dB.
If you think you or your child suffer from a hearing problem, please contact your nearest clinic or audiologist.