Degrees of Hearing Loss

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The degree of hearing loss refers to the severity of the hearing loss. Some people classify hearing loss as a percentage, which is not accurate. An individual cannot have 50% hearing loss or 70% hearing loss, because hearing loss can be different across frequency ranges. Classifying hearing loss on a percentage basis is an inaccurate way to label hearing loss and makes it difficult for the person with hearing loss to understand their audiogram. 

Hearing Loss is described by degrees for certain decibel levels (dB) our loudness levels. Hearing loss is classified by the follwoing:

Normalslightmoderatemoderately-severesevere, and profound (see chart above).