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Degrees of Hearing Loss

How much of my hearing have I lost?

During Leightons free Hearing Assessment, we find the softest sounds a person can hear, across a range of frequencies. Hearing loss is usually measured in units known as dBHL – where dB stands for decibels and HL stands for hearing level.

There are 4 categories of hearing loss

» Mild (20-40 dB)

You may have little or no difficulty in hearing one-to-one conversations, but listening to group conversations or background noise is tricky. Open ear hearing aids are ideal for this kind of hearing loss. They help restore the clarity and help you pick out the sounds you want to tune in to.

» Moderate (41-70 dB)

You may have trouble following conversations, even in ideal situations or with minimal background noise. This is the most common type of hearing loss and we have a whole range of clever hearing devices to help you manage it.

» Severe (71-95 dB)

You may find it hard to hear speech at a normal conversational level. It takes a lot of effort to follow conversations, so now and again, you find yourself quietly tuning out. Discreet little digital hearing aids will make the most difference to your life, allowing you to be part of the conversation again with family and friends.

» Profound (over 95 dB)

Without hearing aids, you’ll need to lip read or use sign language to understand those around you. Digital hearing aids, such as powerful Phonak Naida, are suitable for people with profound hearing loss.
Whatever your hearing loss, our expert Hearing Care team can talk through your options and find your perfect partner. We have discreet and tiny devices that you’d barely know were there. Plus, clever aids that help you connect to everything from your iPod to your TV. Talk to our team to find out more.