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DEGREE OF DIFFICULTY

With a “mild” hearing loss (26 to 41 dB range), people can typically hear one-on-one conversations as long as they can see the speaker’s face and are listening at close range. However, even a mild hearing loss can pose problems if the conversation partner is at a distance or has a soft voice. Understanding conversation in noisy backgrounds may also be difficult. With a “moderate” hearing loss (41 to 70 dB range), conversations are difficult to understand even with no competing background noise. When there is noise in the background, speech comprehension is extremely difficult. As far as a “severe” hearing loss (71 to 90 dB range) is concerned, hearing is difficult in all situations. Hearing instruments can help.

P.S. Moderate hearing loss can be broken down into “moderate” (41 to 55 dB) and “moderately severe” (56 to 70 dB).

To schedule an exam, please call EAR & HEARING CLINIC. Our regulated Audiologist will use a personalized approach in recommending hearing aid options to best meet every patient’s preferences. We understand hearing loss is a complex problem that requires a multi-faceted treatment protocol. We are registered members of the College of Audiologists and Speech Language Pathologists of Ontario. “Hear the Sounds of Life.”

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