Hearing Loss Severity

Hearing Aids, Hearing Loss

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Hearing loss is ranked in several levels.  These levels can help choose which hearing aid is right for you.

The severity of a hearing impairment is ranked according to the additional intensity above a nominal threshold that a sound must be before being detected by an individual; it is measured in decibels of hearing loss, or dB HL. Hearing impairment may be ranked as mild, moderate, moderately severe, severe or profound as defined below:



for adults: between 26 and 40 dB HL

for children: between 20 and 40 dB HL

Moderate: between 41 and 55 dB HL

Moderately severe: between 56 and 70 dB HL

Severe: between 71 and 90 dB HL

Profound: 91 dB HL or greater


Parts of this blog artical came from Wikipedia.com

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