Hearing loss can range from mild to profound. This graph shows which sounds can or cannot be heard depending on the degree of hearing loss. For example, someone with a severe hearing loss can hear an airplane or a motorbike close-by. (Very loud, hence lower end of the graph) However they will not be able to hear normal-level speech or birdsong.
Frequency and amplitude of a variety of common sounds
A birdtweet is a high-pitched tone, therefore on the right of the graph; low-pitched tones are on the left.
Typical warning signs of hearing loss
- Difficulty hearing from a distance
- Problems hearing speech in the presence of background noise
- Others find the affected person speaks too loudly
- Other people appear to mumble
- Family or neighbour complains that radio or TV is played too loudly
- Difficulty understanding soft speech or female and children’s voices
- Often having to ask people to repeat themselves
- Inability to hear common sounds in the household, such as alarm clock, water-tap dripping, etc.
People wait for 5 to 7 years after first experiencing hearing loss symptoms before seeking help.
If you or someone close to you might have hearing loss, talk to your physician about the best action to take
A hearing care professional can help identify hearing loss and suggest the best solution
New types of hearing aids are available that are effective, affordable, comfortable and discrete