Are there different levels or degrees of hearing loss?
Yes, not all hearing loss is the same. Hearing loss is described using different levels or degrees.
- Mild hearing loss: may hear some speech but soft sounds are hard to hear
- Moderate hearing loss: may not hear speech when someone else is speaking at a normal level
- Severe hearing loss: unable to hear speech when someone is speaking at a normal level and some loud sounds
- Profound hearing loss: unable to hear speech and only very loud sounds