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Degrees of Hearing Loss & Their Effect

This chart provides you with a general look at the different levels of hearing loss, possible causes, what the child can hear, the degree of disability they may have if not treated and their possible needs.

Average Hearing, 500 - 2000 Hz
Description
Condition
Sounds Heard W/O Amplification
Degree of Disability (if not treated in first year of life)
Probable Needs
0 - 15db
Normal Range Serous ottis, performation, monomeric membrane, tympanosclerosis All speech sounds None None
15 - 25db
Slight hearing loss Serous ottis, performation, monomeric membrane, tympanosclerosis, sensorineural loss Vowel sounds heard clearly; may miss unvoiced consonant sounds Mild autitory dysfunction in language learning Consideration of need for hearing aid; lip reading; auditory training, speech therapy, preferential seating
25 - 40db
Mild hearing loss Serous ottis, performation, monomeric membrane, tympanosclerosis, sensorineural loss Hears only some louder-voiced speech sounds Auditory learning dysfunction, mild language retardation, mild speech problems, inattention Hearing aids, lip reading, auditory training, speech therapy
40 - 65db
Moderate hearing loss Chronic ottis, middle ear anomaly, sensorineural loss Misses most speech sounds at normal conversation levels Speech problems, language retardation, learning dysfunction, inattention All the above plus consideration of special classroom situation
65 - 95db
Severe hearing loss Sensorineural or mixed loss from sensorineural loss plus middle ear disease Hears no speech sounds of normal conversation Severe speech problems, language retardation, learning dysfunction, inattention All of the above plus probable assignment to special classes
More than 95db
Profound hearing loss Sensorineural or mixed loss Hears no speech or other sounds Severe speech problems, language retardation, learning dysfunction, inattention All of the above plus probable assignment to special classes

 

 

 
 

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