Welcome to the fourth 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.
Last Wednesday’s post was about the roles that different parts of our ears play in how we process sounds.
This week begins 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: Mild hearing loss
A mild level of hearing loss is the most critical stage in terms of being proactive, because it is most easily dismissed. Once hearing declines, the hearing that was lost, is lost forever and can never be fully recaptured.
So what is mild hearing loss?
On average, at healthy hearing thresholds, the quietest sounds that people can hear are between 25 and 40 decibels.
To give you a refresher on decibel levels:
Breathing is 10 decibels,
Rustling leaves are 20 decibels,
A whisper is 30 decibels,
The hum of a computer is 40 decibels.
People who suffer from mild hearing loss have some difficulties keeping up with conversations, especially in noisy surroundings. It is easy to chalk it up to your surroundings, but it is important to understand that at this stage, where there is a mild loss, is the time when action should be taken to prevent further decline.
Unlike eyeglasses which correct our vision, hearing aids function as a means to maintain the individual’s current level of hearing, assists in the processing of sounds, and provides a benefit in terms of preventing further decline in hearing.
Whether you feel you have completely normal hearing, or you think your hearing has slipped into “mild” territory, it is important to have your hearing tested each and every year. Fifteen minutes, pain free. We’d love to hear from you!
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Audiological Diagnostics, PC (718) 745-2826