What you'll find on this page
- Learn about the types and causes of hearing loss
- Understand your degree of hearing loss
- Discover potential solutions for each type of hearing loss
Every hearing loss story is different, and the causes vary widely from person to person. For example, your hearing loss may affect one ear or two, and it may stem from a problem in the inner, middle or outer ear, or from a combination of places.
However, there is one thing that remains constant for anyone impacted by hearing loss—knowing what it is and what's causing it is key to finding the right solution.
Types of hearing loss
Degrees of hearing loss
Understanding your degree of hearing loss is integral to identifying the right treatment. For example, hearing aids may be a good solution for someone with mild to moderate hearing loss, while hearing implants may be a good solution for someone with moderate to profound hearing loss.
Take a look at the illustrative audiogram below. You will see where sounds fall in loudness and frequency scales to help you understand what you may or may not be able to hear.
Make an appointment with a hearing health professional that is trained in advanced hearing treatment options, including hearing implants, to discuss possible solutions.
Mild hearing loss
You may hear speech, but soft sounds are hard to hear, such as whispers or the consonants on the end of words like “shoes” or “fish.”
Moderate hearing loss
You may hear speech from another person speaking at a normal level, but will have difficulty understanding what is said. You might hear the vowels within a sentence, but will not hear the consonants. This makes sentence comprehension almost impossible.
Severe hearing loss
You may hear little to no speech of a person talking at a normal level and only some loud sounds. Very loud sounds, such as a car horn, wouldn’t likely be startling or scary in the same way it would to a person with normal hearing.
Profound hearing loss
You will not hear any speech and only very loud sounds and will likely feel the vibrations of only the loudest of sounds.
Understanding the audiogram
Your audiologist will map your type and degree of hearing loss on a chart called an audiogram. Learn what it is and how to read it.
Cindy was able to hear again after waking up deaf in one of her ears—thanks to the Cochlear™ Baha® Bone Conduction Implant System. Check out her story below.