About hearing losses


Most hearing losses occur gradually, so the symptoms are often difficult to recognize. People might begin turning up the volume on the TV or asking others to repeat themselves.

When our hearing begins to fade we tend to forget how things sound.
We start to live in a quieter world, unaware that we are missing the softer sounds of everyday life - like the pattern of rain or birdsong.
It might be time to consult a hearing care specialist if you are experiencing one or more of the following problems:

· People seem to be mumbling

· You have to strain to hear when someone talks or whispers

· You have difficulty hearing someone call from behind or from another room

· You need to watch a speaker's lips more closely to follow conversation

· Following a conversation is difficult when you're in a group of people, for example at a meeting, at church, or during lectures

Hearing loss

0-15 dB HL

Normal hearing


15-25 dB HL

Slight hearing loss

Minimal difficulty with soft speech

25-40 dB HL

Mild hearing loss

Difficulty with soft speech

40-55 dB HL

Moderate hearing loss

Frequent difficulty with normal speech

55-70 dB HL

Moderate / severe hearing loss

Occasional difficulty with loud speech

70-90 dB HL

Severe hearing loss

Frequent difficulty with loud speech

> 90 dB HL

Profound hearing loss

Near total loss of hearing