Understanding Different Degrees of Deafness in Salinas

July 1, 2015 5:17 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Just as there are many reasons for hearing loss, it can also occur in differing levels of severity. Audiologists use these different levels in order to find the best way to treat reduced hearing. This overview describes the degrees of deafness in Salinas and the limitations they present. It will give you a good idea as to the extent of any hearing loss you or a loved one may be experiencing at this time.

Mild hearing loss

People with mild hearing loss are unable to hear anything below 25 to 39 decibels. Noises that present in that range include quiet conversations, background noise in smaller less-busy offices, and normal residential static. Basically, environments considered quiet by those without deafness would be dead silent to those with mild hearing loss.

The primary sign of mild hearing loss is when conversations in noisy places become difficult. If you find that people need to repeat themselves when you are in a busy restaurant or at a party, it is possible you have mild hearing loss.

Moderate hearing loss

The range of the quietest sounds heard by those with moderate hearing loss is 40 to 69 decibels. This range includes the sounds of the average home up to street noise. It also includes other activities of daily living. For example, the decibel level to wake up a sleeping person is usually 45 and some with moderate hearing loss may only rise in the morning to a very loud alarm.

Hearing speech is very difficult as normal conversational speech is at 60 decibels. To follow speech, many with moderate hearing loss require hearing aids. If people report that your radio is too loud or that they can hear your morning alarm from outside (and it still barely wakes you), you may have sustained moderate hearing loss.

Severe hearing loss

Severe hearing loss eliminates all but the loudest sounds. Street noise, active offices, electric shavers and even trucks without mufflers may go unnoticed by those with severe hearing loss. That is because they do not hear below 70 to 90 decibels.

If your hearing loss is severe, hearing aids will help with environmental sounds and some speech. However, you may still need to resort to lip reading and sign language to converse with others.

Profound deafness

Profound deafness is limited to sounds 95 or higher. Sounds that are 90 or higher regularly damage ears, which demonstrates the extent of this loss. You might hear a passing truck right next to you, a lawn mower, or a car horn within five meters, but conversation or background noise will be beyond your hearing abilities.

There are treatments for profound deafness that can at least enable hearing some sounds or conversation. However, lip reading and sign language is often required.

Valley Hearing Center offers free hearing tests and accepts most insurance plans in our effort to assist with aiding deafness in Salinas. Contact us today if you are concerned about your hearing and wish to take steps to improve it.

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