What does hearing loss mean?
Your hearing is measured in a scale of decibels (dB) compared to ‘normal’ hearing. This scale is used to evaluatewhether you have hearing loss, and if so, to what degree. During your hearing examination, your hearing careprofessional will test your hearing and present the results in an audiogram (see below).
Levels of hearing loss
This scale shows different levels of hearing loss (HL).
(26-40dB HL)You have trouble hearing or understanding soft speech and whispers, or speech over background noise
(41-55 dB HL)You have trouble hearing or understanding regular speech up close or regular speech in a quiet officeenvironment
(56-70 dB HL)You have trouble hearing or understanding everyday conversations or a telephone ringing
(71-90 dB HL)You can only hear loud sounds such as very loud speech, sirens or a door slamming
(90+ dB HL)You have trouble hearing sounds such as a motorbike or power toolsThe degree of hearing loss is an important factor when choosing a hearing aid. Not all hearing aids will suit alldegrees of hearing loss.Your hearing healthcare professional uses the data from your audiogram to determine if you might benefit fromhearing instruments or if other medical treatment may be appropriate.Source: