Results from your hearing test are shown on an audiogram (see below). The quietest sounds you can hear through a series of different pitches are plotted on the audiogram to show your hearing thresholds.
Your hearing thresholds can give an idea of the extent of your hearing loss, type of hearing loss, and what problems you may be having in hearing certain sounds such as speech. The audiogram is also used to consider whether further testing may be needed and what management strategies are appropriate. If a hearing aid is required, the audiogram is used programme a hearing aid specifically to your hearing loss.
-10 to 20 dB Normal Hearing - You should be able to hear and understand most conversations.
21 – 40 dB Mild Hearing Loss - You will start to struggle more in background noise and will be more likely to ask for a repetition, as some speech sounds will be difficult to hear.
41 – 70 dB Moderate Hearing Loss - You will have to look at peoples faces when they are talking as most consonants in speech will be difficult to hear. You may struggle to hear the doorbell and the telephone.
71 – 90 dB Severe Hearing Loss - Without a hearing aid, you will find most sounds difficult. You would have to stand next to someone and they would have to raise their voice considerably.
91+ dB Profound Hearing Loss - You will need to wear a hearing aid and stand close to the person talking to you. You will also need to look at peoples faces. You will struggle with ALL sounds and may present with deaf speech.