Normal to Mild Hearing Loss
A normal to mild hearing loss can cause understanding to be strained during conversation. In some cases hearing aids are used to assist this loss depending on the level of difficulty the patient is having. Most cases can be helped with counseling and communication strategies. This loss should be monitored with yearly hearing screenings.
Mild to Moderate Hearing Loss
A mild to moderate hearing loss causes speech understanding to become difficult, especially in noise. It is very common for patients with this loss to use hearing aids to help correct the difficulties they are having with communication.
Ski Slope Loss
A ski slope loss causes a patient to miss speech in noise, however hearing in a quiet environment is usually good. Often times a patient may be unaware of the loss. Hearing aids that are non-occluding work very well for this loss.
Moderate to Severe Hearing Loss
A moderate to severe hearing loss causes speech understanding to be difficult, whether it be in noise or in a quiet environment. At this stage hearing aid use becomes necessary for the patient to communicate effectively.
Moderate Flat Hearing Loss
A moderate flat loss causes difficulty hearing all sounds. This loss can vary in severity and may or may not be conductive. Depending on the cause of this loss, hearing aids may or may not be used.
A cookie bite loss is unusual and is usually hereditary. Hearing aids are used to correct the problems with speech understanding.
A reverse slope loss can be an advantage for people trying to hear in noise. Most times the loss is conductive and will be referred to a physician for medical treatment. This loss can be fit with hearing aids in certain circumstances.