Mild Hearing Loss
Hearing loss is not a one-size-fits-all condition. Hearing loss ranges in degree from normal hearing to profound hearing loss. In between there, we have degrees of mild, moderate, and severe loss. Moderate, severe, and profound hearing losses are generally considered to be “disabling” because they prevent the listener from hearing important speech information which is essential for daily communication. What about mild loss? What kind of impact will that have on a listener? Will a mild hearing loss require hearing aids?
The answers to these questions are again dependent on the individual. Some people will experience normal hearing in the low frequency (bass) sounds but have a mild loss of high frequency (treble). This type of loss will create a sensation that the individual can hear and has plenty volume, but maybe not understand some words or have a lack of clarity. This lack of clarity comes from speech sounds like S, F, and T being too soft and high pitched for even a mild loss to detect. This can become increasingly frustrating for somebody trying to understand the difference in words like “wife” and “white”.
Another scenario sees a patient with mild loss across all frequency ranges (bass and treble). This will generally require the individual listener to need higher volumes than normal to hear speech appropriately. Turning the TV louder than the rest of the family can be a common sign that the ear requires more volume. This can lead to daily struggles with family members complaining of the extra volume, and a struggle to hear softer voices.
Luckily both situations here would actually benefit from hearing aids, despite the hearing loss being deemed only as “mild”. Hearing aids can provide higher amounts of volume for the individual that has mild loss across all frequencies, and can provide clarity for the individual that only needs high frequency sounds boosted. A thorough test and consultation is the first step to determining your hearing needs. A simple phone call to (651) 638-9981 is all you need to do to make the first step towards better hearing.