When people experience hearing loss, it usually occurs over a gradual period of time. As the condition worsens, people realize they can’t hear distant or faint sounds or then begin to misunderstand normal speaking voices. Statistics show that hearing loss occurs in more than 30% of people over the age of 65. The organs and structures of the ear lose elasticity and sensitivity as many parts of the body do during aging.
At some point, people losing their hearing call a hearing professional to seek treatment.
In nearly every case, we recommend a hearing test – whether your symptoms are minimal or more severe. This is the most comprehensive and accurate way to graphically diagnose your ability to hear all kinds of sounds at various volume levels. It is painless, non-invasive and usually takes around an hour or less.
In a soundproof room, the technician will put earphones and a monitor on your head. They will then send tones at varying pitches to the headphones. The next step is sending words spoken softly to see if you hear vowel and consonant combinations correctly. The most important element in better hearing is usually raising your ability to understand normal speech again, so the test centers around this element.
Sound is measured in decibels, and the computer records your hearing response in percentage of sounds heard and decibel levels achieved.
The hearing professional can see the type and severity of hearing loss in each ear on a chart. They can then recommend a course of treatment that often includes hearing aids.
These are the general categories of hearing loss:
- Adults with hearing loss up to 25 decibels have normal hearing. Hearing loss breaks down this way:
- Mild hearing loss: 26 to 40 decibels
- Moderate hearing loss: 41 to 55 decibels
- Moderate to severe hearing loss: 56 to 70 decibels
- Severe hearing loss: 71 to 90 decibels
- Profound hearing loss: 91 to 100 decibels
If you are ready to take control of your hearing health, schedule an appointment with one of the professionals at NuTech Health & Hearing, PLLC. Every hearing loss is different, which is why we will work with you to find a tailor-made treatment for your specific needs if we discover you could benefit from hearing aids.