Hearing management

Posted by: MattsMom | 2010-03-09


How bad is my hearing loss really??

I''ve had progressive hearing loss due to middle ear infections over the years. I do wear hearing aids in both ears.

My latest audiologist report reads " Percentage loss of hearing 29%. The permanent hearing disablement value is 14.5." 

What does this mean exactly- how bad is my hearing loss actually?
My hearing is getting worse and I''m really worried ( I''m only 32)

Expert's Reply


Hearing Expert

Dear MattsMom

Percentage hearing loss is not a very accurate way to describe hearing loss. It all depends on the degree of loss at every specific frequency (pitch). The influence in your life also depends on the type, the shape and the degree of the loss. If you mail your audiogram to me, i can give you more a more specific explanation of your loss.

Have you discussed the options of surgery or treatment with an Ear, Nose and Throat specialist?

In the meantime, it is important to protect the hearing that you do have. A healthy lifestyle, good diet, sufficient vitamins and protection against noise are important.

Please feel free to write to me on my e-mail if you have any further questions (izabellepieterse@gmail.com)

Kind regards
Izabelle Pieterse

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