Why you should seek help
IF A HEARING IMPAIRMENT IS SUSPECTED:
Mild hearing loss: A person can only hear a sound when it reaches at least 25 to 40dBHL
Moderate hearing loss: A person can only hear a sound when it reaches 40 to 60 decibels
Severe hearing loss: A person can only hear a sound when it reaches 60 to 80dBHL
Profound loss: patients can only hear a sound of 80 dB or more
There are other aspects of the auditory process that can mean a problem with understanding sound that has nothing to do with hearing loss. This is one of the reasons that a proper diagnosis with an audiologist is important when you suspect a problem with your hearing.
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It is important to diagnose the reason for a hearing loss, because:
Some hearing losses are medically or surgically treatable and if left untreated it may become permanent.
Some hearing losses may be indicators of more serious underlying conditions that require immediate attention.
Although some types of hearing losses are permanent, if they are managed well, we may slow the hearing loss down.
Hearing with less effort leads to less fatigue, less stress and better relationships with other people.