Posted on: September 3, 2010
Hearing loss can range from mild to profound.
|0-25 dB||Normal range of hearing|
|26-40 dB||Mild hearing loss, difficulty hearing soft speech and some speech in noise. More serious for infants and young children who need to hear speech in order to learn to talk.|
|41-55 dB||Moderate hearing loss, difficulty hearing conversational speech.|
|56-70 dB||Moderately-severe hearing loss, great difficulty hearing speech in both quiet and noisy environments.|
|71-90 dB||Severe hearing loss, cannot hear most environmental sounds or normal speech without the use of hearing aids or assistive listening devices.|
|91 + dB||Profound hearing loss, this is what most people think of as “deaf.” Cannot hear environmental sounds or speech.|