Hearing loss falls into one of five categories: Mild, moderate, severe, severe-to-profound, and profound. Determining the degree of hearing loss is the responsibility of a hearing healthcare professional who measures how loud a sound must be for you to hear it, and which frequencies are the hardest for you to understand.
A unit that measures the intensity of a sound is called a decibel (dB). A prolonged exposure to sounds that are louder than 85 dB can cause damage to your hearing resulting in noise-induced hearing loss. Any sound above 120 dB is uncomfortable, and noises higher than 140 dB will cause pain. The decibel levels of everyday noises include the following:
The other method of sound measurement is frequency, or pitch. Hertz (Hz) is the measurement unit for frequency. Hearing healthcare professionals measure between 250 Hz to 8000 Hz to encompass the speech frequencies, which are the most vital range for communication.
A hearing healthcare professional can use dB and Hz to test your hearing and determine the degree of hearing loss using dB and Hz. Here are the degrees of hearing loss:
When it comes to your hearing, do not take guesses or use questionable over-the-counter products to determine if you have a hearing loss. Arrange a hearing test with a hearing healthcare professional! A hearing professional can administer a set of hearing tests to diagnose and treat your hearing problem accurately. Do not put this off; schedule your appointment today. You will be glad you did.