Fifth Edition of Wednesday Wisdom

Welcome to the fifth installation of #WednesdayWisdom! Every week we’ll post information relating to hearing.

Our goal is to provide valuable information so that you can take an active part in maintaining your #hearinghealth.
This is our second in a four-part series relating to degrees of hearing loss, and how to recognize them in ourselves, and in others.

This week’s focus is: Moderate hearing loss

Last week we started the series with Mild hearing loss, and wrote about the dangers of ignoring the warning signs indicating the beginning stages of a deficit. Ignoring a hearing problem, or dismissing the signs can lead to further decline. And as we stated last week, once hearing loss occurs, there is no recapturing it.

People who suffer from moderate hearing loss have difficulty keeping up with conversations when not using a hearing aid. Moderate hearing loss covers the range of 41dB to 70dB. At this level, you are asking people to repeat themselves a lot during conversations – in person and on the telephone.

Individuals with this degree of hearing loss cannot hear sounds lower than 40-69 dB.

Some sounds that may start to fade at these levels, if left unchecked may be light traffic, the hum of the refrigerator, the air conditioner, and conversational speech. As the decline rate increases, sounds like a shower running or the dishwasher will also be difficult to hear.

The difference in hearing is more noticeable from a mild loss level, at which a whisper is difficult to hear, to the moderate level, where the sound of conversation or a refrigerator or air conditioner may start to be difficult to hear.

Hearing loss can also vary from ear to ear, making it even more difficult to determine on our own whether we’re experiencing issues. This is just another reason why it is critical to get a yearly hearing exam.

Hearing loss can happen so gradually that it goes by unnoticed. Try having conversations without looking at the person who’s speaking. You may find that certain words are harder to distinguish. When mild becomes moderate, we unconsciously begin to read lips.

Hearing aids today are far smaller and more dynamic than those worn by prior generations. Many of them also have cool technological capabilities, like bluetooth!