Hearing loss is far more common than many might realize, with over 10% of the US population experiencing a difficulty with their hearing ability. Despite how prevalent it is, hearing loss affects individuals in a variety of different ways, and is described using degrees rather than percentages.
Individuals affected by hearing loss might experience mild, moderate, moderately-severe, severe, or profound hearing loss, and it can vary across pitches and frequencies. The volume of the sounds we hear are measured in decibels (dB), with normal hearing thresholds for adults falling between 0 and 25 dB.
When our hearing ability falls above normal thresholds, hearing loss may be the cause. There are three main types of hearing loss:
- Conductive Hearing Loss
- Sensorineural Hearing Loss
- Mixed Hearing Loss