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How to Read Your Hearing Test

You have a moderate hearing loss. "Moderate" means just what it sounds like -- it is worse than "mild," not as bad as "severe."

Your hearing loss will have two effects. First, because your hearing sensitivity is worse than the volumes used in normal conversation (the yellow area on the graph), you have lost much of the loudness of speech. What is normal conversational volume for most people is a bare whisper for you. Second, because you are missing so much consonant information, you are going to confuse those words that you do hear.

You need hearing aids. You should put as much money into circuit technology as you possibly can. You also need to keep in mind that you are still going to have some difficulty in more challenging listening conditions, even with your hearing aids.

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