Understanding the Audiogram

Understanding the Audiogram

Audiograms are graphs revealing the results of a hearing test. It will often include:

  • Thresholds are markings on the graph (shown below) that shows how loud the audiologist had to make the ‘beep’ for you to hear the sound, or the degree of hearing loss
    • X markings are for the Left ear
    • Y¬†markings are for the Right ear

Degrees of Hearing Loss:

  • Normal
  • Mild Hearing Loss
    • Difficulty hearing soft speech and some conversations
    • Difficulty worsened in the presence of background noise or larger groups
    • Minimal or no difficulty in quiet environments with one or two people
  • Moderate Hearing Loss
    • Hearing of soft speech and conversational speech is limited especially in the presence of background noise
    • Higher volume levels are required for hearing TV, radio and telephone
  • Moderately Severe Hearing Loss
    • Clarity of normal speech is significantly affected
    • Speech must be loud and hearing in group conversations is significantly limited
  • Severe Hearing Loss
    • Normal conversational speech is not heard or understood
    • May have significant difficulty with loud speech
  • Profound Hearing Loss
    • Unable to clearly understand even loud speech
    • Very loud environmental sounds may be barely heard