You may have noticed that you are mumbling when you are in a crowd or in a restaurant. In movies, diction is not as clear as it once was. You ask people to repeat things more often than you used to. You may even miss the sound of birdsong. You may have a difficult time hearing soft sounds, such as chirping birds. In addition to these obvious signs of hearing loss, there are many others that can tell you that you may be experiencing some of these problems.
Moderate hearing loss
A person suffering from moderate hearing loss is unable to hear sounds with decibel levels of 71 to 90. This range of sounds includes conversation in a restaurant, noise from a vacuum cleaner, the noise from an air-conditioning unit that’s 100 feet away, and even loud speech. A moderate hearing loss can make normal speech difficult to understand, and children with this type of hearing problem have trouble with speech development. A person suffering from moderate hearing loss should wear hearing aids to help improve their ability to hear.
Although people suffering from moderate hearing loss have trouble understanding certain speech sounds, they can still carry out most tasks and engage in activities that require their attention. With the help of a hearing aid, they can enjoy reduced background noise and concentrate better. Often, they may even experience the first moments of silence in their lives. Because our modern world is surrounded by noise, it’s easy to think that moderate hearing loss will hinder their ability to hear.
A person suffering from moderate hearing loss will notice a difference in their hearing levels over time. They will have trouble hearing sounds that are less than 40 decibels, such as conversations. If their hearing loss is moderate, they will also notice changes in their work environment. A typical office may be too loud for them to hear the sounds around them. They may need to read lips or listen to repeated explanations in order to understand what is being said.
People with moderate hearing loss cannot hear sounds with decibel levels of 41 to 55 dB HL. They may be able to hear soft sounds, such as whispers or leaves rustling, but cannot hear speech that is less than 60dB. They may also need hearing aids to understand speech. Moderate hearing loss can result in a number of different symptoms, including delayed syntax, a limited vocabulary, and a flat voice.
Many people mistakenly believe that they have only one type of hearing loss. The truth is that hearing loss can be mild, moderate, or profound. In the latter case, people will be unable to follow conversations at normal levels. If a person’s hearing is severe, he or she must lip-read or use sign language to communicate. Lastly, people with profound hearing loss can’t hear any sound below 90 dB and will have to rely on sign language, writing, or reading to communicate.
People with moderate hearing loss may mumble in restaurants or crowds, and will often ask for repeated information. Film diction is not as clear as it used to be, and TVs may be too loud. Some people will ask for a hearing test and summarize their work history. During the visit, it is helpful to have a family member or friend with you. A family member or a friend can keep track of key details and make notes during the visit.
Borderline hearing loss
If you have moderate or severe hearing loss, you can hear sounds better in a quiet room but find it difficult to follow conversations. The sound level you hear is so low that you must lip-read or use sign language to communicate. People with profound hearing loss cannot hear sounds below 90 dB. Their speech sounds are so weak that they cannot follow a conversation in groups. They must use other means of communication, such as reading lips or writing.
People with borderline hearing loss may have difficulty making out conversations in noisy settings, especially with consonant sounds like “s,” “f,” and/or ‘th’. They may strain to hear a word or sound and may misinterpret it as “hurt” when the speaker is saying “shirt” or “fun.”
A person with mild hearing loss may be able to hear whispers and rustling leaves, but still struggle to understand speech. They may use hearing aids to compensate for this, but they are still at risk of deafness. This level of hearing loss is commonly associated with a loss of between 26 and 40 dB (high-frequency speech sounds) in the left ear. The World Health Organization (WHO) uses a classification system to describe hearing loss.
The inner ear contains delicate bones that are vital to our ability to hear sounds. Damage to these structures causes hearing loss. It is also possible to have an abnormality of these bones. Some people have conductive hearing loss, but it is unlikely to affect the majority of people. In many cases, hearing aids will be able to compensate for this condition. If you suspect that you or someone you know suffers from borderline hearing loss, see your doctor right away.
Severe hearing loss
People with severe hearing loss cannot hear sounds under 70 decibels, which makes it difficult for them to understand conversations or traffic noise. People with severe hearing loss rely on lip-reading to understand speech and may also use sign language to communicate with others. A person with severe hearing loss is often unable to hear sounds below 90 decibels and must use sign language or other methods of communication.
The onset of hearing loss can be gradual. People may not notice a difference until they are asked to repeat what they hear. Others may notice that they have to turn up the television volume to understand what people are saying. Some children may experience tinnitus, an earache, or pressure inside their ears. They may also stop responding to some sounds completely, such as dada or mama.
Typically, conductive hearing loss is temporary and can be treated with medicine or surgery. A person with sensorineural hearing loss can’t hear speech due to damage to the auditory nerve. The problem can be permanent or temporary. In either case, surgery is needed to help restore hearing. A person with severe hearing loss can also lose the ability to speak. Surgical interventions can restore some of their hearing, but they need to be completed by a qualified audiologist.
In contrast, profound hearing loss can result in difficulty understanding speech or very loud noises. These types of hearing loss can occur in one ear or both ears. This type of hearing loss may be asymmetrical or symmetrical, and may result from birth defects. It may be present at birth or develop later in life. There are many different types of hearing loss, and a person with either form can have a problem with both hearing or balance.
Depending on the severity of hearing loss, people with severe hearing loss may be unable to hear sounds between 56 and 70 decibels. This level may require hearing aids, but it can be difficult to hear speech and understand conversations. As a result, hearing aids are recommended for individuals with severe hearing loss. They should also get a hearing exam and undergo hearing testing if necessary.
Other causes of hearing loss include occupational noises and genetics. Occupational noises can cause long-term and short-term damage to the ear. Exposure to loud industrial noises is especially harmful to the ears. The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends that people limit the time they listen to loud noises to only one hour a day. Occupational noises and exposure to loud music are also common causes of hearing loss.
The severity of hearing loss is determined by the loudness threshold and the harder frequencies that are difficult to hear. People with severe hearing loss may feel depressed and anxious, while children may struggle to learn. Research also shows a link between dementia and hearing loss in older adults. Hearing aids are one of the most effective ways to treat hearing loss. People with severe hearing loss will often wear a hearing aid on their ears to help them hear better.