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The Four Degrees of Hearing Loss

There’s a big difference between being able to hear perfectly and being completely deaf. Hearing loss almost always happens gradually and can be measured in four degrees. We’ll take a look at these four degrees of hearing loss and how to better identify each of them.

Mild Hearing Loss

Mild hearing loss refers to a hearing loss range of 21 to 45 decibels. At this degree, you will have difficulty hearing softer conversations, but you shouldn’t have a lot of trouble hearing people speak in most situations. The problems faced by someone with mild hearing loss can usually be restored with the correct diagnosis and right hearing aid.

Moderate Hearing Loss

sound decibelsModerate hearing loss is in a range of 46 to 65 decibels. At this degree of hearing loss, conversations will be more difficult to hear even when the speaker is using a relatively normal tone of voice as opposed to speaking softly. The problem will be even worse if there is background noise from a television or radio. A hearing aid that allows the wearer to discern a speaking voice will work for most cases of moderate hearing loss.

Severe Hearing Loss

Severe hearing loss, or hearing loss within a range of 66 to 90 decibels, means that normal conversational speech is nearly inaudible without a hearing aid. Even then, the listener won’t be able to hear conversational speech clearly and will have to rely on visual cues during conversations.

Profound Hearing Loss

Profound hearing loss is any hearing loss above 91 decibels. When hearing loss is this severe, you will be able to hear very loud noises but not much more. Spoken conversations are all but impossible even with intense concentration and effort.

At this degree of hearing loss, people are considered to be completely deaf or very close to it. Some people with profound hearing loss have been able to restore some hearing with the right hearing aid, but that isn’t always reliable.

Because hearing loss happens so gradually, you will need to speak to a doctor of audiology and undergo a hearing test to determine if you have a problem. While hearing loss is almost always irreversible, a hearing aid can improve your ability to understand conversational speech and communicate properly.

No matter how severe your hearing loss may be, there is still a chance you can recover some of your hearing ability with the proper device. As always, speak to your doctor about hearing aids that may be right for you and what you can do to preserve your hearing and prevent hearing loss.

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"I've been with Dr. Manwarring for several years now. Having a good audiologist is very important to me. I've tried a couple of others, and they just don't seem to fit right with my needs and expectations.I would highly recommend Dr. Manwarring to anyone. Because of him, I have been given quality care, relate well with him, and I know I can depend on him to help me with my hearing aid and hearing loss needs."- Michelle B. 5 star
"They are always professional and friendly. They were able to assist my mother with getting hearing aids that work for her. They knew what type would suit her best. Service is excellent. I would recommend them to everyone who has hearing issues!"- Joan Y. 5 star
"Justin Bateman, the audiologist I worked with for my annual follow up and maintenance. He was so knowledgeable and thorough. He made a minor tweak to my hearing aids to adjust for a slight change in my hearing. It noticeably improved my hearing while wearing my hearing aids. Justin was very pleasant and efficient to deal with. I highly recommend this office."- Kerry W. 5 star
"Extremely professional with state-of-the-art technology. This was a big change from all the other low-budget offices I have visited over the years. I highly recommend them! You will not regret it!"- David L. 5 star
"My hearing devices has given me a new life. I can understand conversations with out straining and stopped the confusion on my part of the conversation. The people at Intermountain Audiology were great to work with and answered all of my questions. I would recommend them highly."- David B. 5 star
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435.688.2456
St. George Hearing Clinic

Intermountain Audiology
Hearing Clinics

161 W. 200 N. Ste. #100
St. George, UT 84770
Phone: 435.688.2456

Cedar City Hearing Clinic

Intermountain Audiology
Hearing Clinics

1277 N. Northfield Rd., #A220
Cedar City, UT 84721
Phone: 435.865.6761

Richfield Hearing Clinic

Intermountain Audiology
Hearing Clinics

1090 Cove View Road
Richfield, UT 84701
Phone: 435.896.8830

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