Hearing | The Degrees of Hearing Loss

Hearing – There are various levels of hearing loss.

Hearing Loss can be categorized as mild, moderate, severe and profound.

There is a relationship between the decibel (dB) hearing loss and the degree of functionality.

Hearing and degrees of hearing loss, Hearing Hub Audiologists in Pretoria

How good is your hearing?


Normal Hearing

You can hear a clock ticking and rustling leaves on the ground as examples.

If you can hear these sounds then you most likely don’t have a hearing impairment.

Mild Hearing Loss

You can hear people click their fingers and people whispering as examples.

If you can hear these sounds then you may have a problem hearing people speaking quietly. You may benefit from wearing hearing aids.

Moderate Hearing Loss

You can hear quite and normal conversations with people as examples.

If you are facing and standing close to the person who is speaking, you should have no difficulty following the conversation. You will need to wear hearing aids.

Moderate-Severe Hearing Loss

Conversations with people must be loud for you to hear and you can hear doorbells ring as examples.

You will need to where hearing aids if you feel that the above applies to you.

Severe Hearing Loss

You can hear a baby crying, a phone ringing or thunder as examples.

You might hear people speaking loudly if they are close to you. You will need to wear hearing aids.

Profound Hearing Loss

You can hear a chainsaw or a truck as examples.

You will have to where hearing aids to hear people speaking.

If you feel that you have a hearing loss through comparing your level of hearing with the above examples, feel free to contact me for a consultation.