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Degrees of hearing loss?

You may be told that you or your child has a mild hearing loss. Or, you may find out that you or your child’s hearing loss is more severe. This description is referred to as “the degree of hearing loss.” It is based on how loud sounds need to be for you to hear them. Decibels, or dB, describe loudness. The term dB HL describes your hearing loss in decibels.

For more information on hearing tests click here

0 – 20 dB: Normal hearing
The child can hear:
– A tap dripping
– Birds chirping

20 – 41 dB: Mild hearing loss 
The child may:
· Have difficulty in hearing faint speech and people may sound as if they are mumbling
· Have difficulty hearing in noisy classrooms
· Benefit from sitting near the front of the classroom
· Use hearing aids

42 – 75 dB: Moderate hearing loss 
The child may:
· Have difficulty hearing group conversations, if the speaker’s voice is faint, if the face is not visible or is in the presence of background noise
· Benefit from speech and language support and seating near the front in a noisy classroom
· Have limited vocabulary
· Use hearing aids

76 – 90 dB: Severe hearing loss
The child may:
· Have great difficulty following classroom discussions
· Need special education assistance for deaf children
· Need preferential seating in a quiet classroom
· Benefit from hearing aids or cochlear implants and they will benefit from the use of Auslan

91+ dB: Profound hearing loss
The child may:
· Not rely on hearing for communication
· Need special education assistance for deaf children
· Not benefit from hearing aids
· Use Auslan
· Receive cochlear implants (there are many factors involved here, not just degree of hearing loss)


Great website with pictures and audio for understanding audiograms

How to understand an Audiogram – Youtube Video

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