Audiogram of Hearing

An audiogram is used to graph responses to sounds and speech during certain hearing tests. The area outlined on the audiogram showing most of the speech sounds looks like a boomerang shape.  The examples on the Spectrum can also help identify types of environmental sounds you are likely to hear.

The speech sounds on this chart are only approximations. Speech sounds become loud or soft (intensity) depending on the distance between the speaker and listener. The low or high sound of a voice (pitch) will change depending on whether a man, woman or child is speaking.

I will try to get a picture of my audiogram, but I will try to explain what my hearing loss is.. Both ears are similar, but the right one is worse, but only a little. Starting from left to right, my hearing begins at the 40 db range and drops almost immediately to the 60 and 70 db range, then to the 90 to 12o db range as we move into the higher frequency sounds. In short, what I can hear without my hearing aids falls in the low frequency range, and not much at that. In order for me to hear the higher frequency sounds, it has to be between the 90 and 120 db in volume. Hearing aids were designed to amplify sounds which meant they amplified even the sounds that did not need to be amplified. The hearing aids with today’s technology, are digital and programmable,  meaning they can program the hearing aids to meet the individual needs of the person. The sound quality is much better than it once was, and hearing aids today can bring a person up closer to the level of normal speech range (the boomerang) and amplify only the sounds needed. However it is never going to be exactly like a normal hearing person, at least not for a person with a moderate to profound hearing loss.

 

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Flintstones Showing Loss of Hearing

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4 thoughts on “Audiogram of Hearing

  1. Thank you so much for this explanation! I have tried and tried to comprehend what it all means and you did an excellent job!

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