Classifications of hearing loss

Classifications of hearing loss 150 150 Tony Guo

Classifications of hearing loss

Decibel (dB) loss

0-15

Normal hearing

16-25

Slight hearing loss

26-40

Mild impairment

41-55

Moderate impairment

56-70

Moderately severe impairment

71-90

Severe impairment

>90

Profound deafness*

Clinical manifestations

  • Early signs of hearing loss often go unnoticed by patient
  • Pressure by others is a significant factor in whether help is sought
  • The unseen handicap
  • Understanding should be validated in patient teaching interactions
  • Obtain interpreter assistance
  • Ineffective communication and interaction can be frustrating for both patient and caregiver(s)
    • Withdrawal, suspicion, loss of self-esteem and insecurity are common psycho-emotional complications with advancing hearing loss

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