Friday, June 4, 2010

Degree of Hearing Loss

Results of the audiometric evaluation are plotted on a chart called an audiogram. Loudness is plotted from top to bottom. Frequency, from low to high, is plotted from left to right. Hearing loss (HL) is measured in decibels (dB) and is described in general categories. Hearing loss is not measured in percentages. The general hearing loss categories used by most hearing professionals are as follows:
_____Normal hearing (0 to 25 dB HL)
_____Mild hearing loss (26 to 40 dB HL)
_____Moderate hearing loss (41 to 70 dB HL)
_____Severe hearing loss (71 to 90 dB HL)
_____Profound hearing loss (greater than 91 dB HL)

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