General guidelines to help you identify the degree of hearing loss you or a loved one could be experiencing
Degrees of hearing loss differ vastly, but most cases are categorized as noticeable or moderate. Having your hearing professionally tested is the only way to determine the extent of your hearing loss, and how best to treat it.
Soft noises are not heard. Understanding speech is difficult in a loud environment.
Soft and moderately loud noises are not heard. Understanding speech becomes very difficult with background noise.
Conversations have to be conducted loudly. Group conversations require a lot of effort.
Some very loud noises are heard. Without a hearing aid, communication is no longer possible even with intense effort