Hearing management

17 December 2008

An audiogram

An audiogram is the result of a hearing test. On a pure-tone audiogram two qualities of a person’s hearing are shown.


An audiogram is the result of a hearing test. On a pure-tone audiogram, two qualities of a person’s hearing are shown, namely:

  • The intensity of a sound – how soft/loud a sound is (measured in decibel).
  • The different sounds from low to high frequencies a person can hear (measured in Herz).

The softest intensity a normal hearing person can hear is approximately 0-14dB. Normal speech at a distance of one metre is approximately 60dB, while a loud sound that causes pain or discomfort is 130-140dB.

Identification without follow-up is worthless. A person's hearing can be determined with a series of tests, and never after a single test.


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Francis Slabber is a Speech & Language Therapist and Audiologist who has owned and run The Hearing Clinic in Wynberg, Cape Town for the last 17 years. Francis and her team have extensive experience in fitting and supplying hearing aids as well as assistive living devices. Francis has served as the Western Cape Chairperson for the South African Association of Audiologists for three years and has given many talks on the topic of hearing loss and amplification. The Hearing Clinic has a special interest in adult and geriatric hearing impairment, hearing aid fittings and hearing rehabilitation.

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