What does hearing loss sound like? Well, let’s discuss the different degrees of hearing loss and the sound levels you can hear at each.
The lowest audible range is -10 to 15 dB. If you have normal hearing, you should not have much difficulty distinguishing noises in loud environments.
Mild Hearing Loss
The lowest audible range for someone with mild hearing loss is 26 to 40 dB. Signs that you may experiencing this include difficulty following conversations and speakers in noisy environments and decreased sensitivity to high-frequency sounds.
Moderate Hearing Loss
The lowest audible range for moderate hearing loss is 41 to 55 dB. Sings that you may be experiencing this include difficulty following conversations without a hearing aid and sounds starting to blend together.
Severe Hearing Loss
The lowest audible range for severe hearing loss is 71 to 90 dB. Signs you may be experiencing this include having trouble hearing conversations in quiet environments and being unable to hear everyday sounds that you once did, like the birds outside or the turn signal in your car.
Watch the video below to see for yourself what hearing loss is like at each level.