The severity of hearing loss depends on its degree. A degree of hearing loss is determined by the range of decibels or the softest sounds that a person can hear. Mild to moderate hearing losses are very common. Seventy percent of hearing aid users have hearing loss in the mild to moderate range
Mild hearing loss
Mild hearing loss means a person may have an inability to hear soft noises and speech in a loud environment. Those soft sounds typically are in the 26 to 40 decibel dB range and therefore an audiologist will describe mild hearing loss as being between 26 to 40 dB.
Moderate hearing loss
Moderate hearing loss refers to an individual's inability to hear soft to moderately loud noise and to understand speech whenever any background noise is present. These soft to moderately loud sounds exist in 41 to 71 dB range and therefor an audiologist will describe moderate hearing loss as being between 41 to 71 dB.
A person with mild to moderate hearing loss will have a wider choice when it comes to hearing aids, being able to pick from the following hearing aids:
Behind-The-Ear (BTE) Larger hearing aids that rest behind the ears and accommodate a larger battery and stronger amplification.
Receiver-In-the-Ear (RITE) hearing devices are comfortable because they keep the ear canal open to reduce any plugged-up sensation.
In-The-Ear (ITE) instruments rest inside the ear rather than behind it. These instruments can be used for a wide range of hearing losses.
In-The-Canal (ITC) and Completely-In-The-Canal (CIC) instruments are smaller than ITE devices. These devices are smaller and more discrete than other devices. They require good manual dexterity and are not effective with all losses.
The video below gives a good visual demonstration of the sounds that can be heard with mild to moderate hearing loss.
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