Hearing loss degree ranges from mild to severe and is determined by the decibel (dB) level of sounds your child is able to hear. Children with hearing loss do not hear the quietest sounds, but they might hear the louder sounds.
Mild hearing loss (25-40 dB): Your child might have difficulty hearing faint or distant speech and have difficulty understanding conversation in groups or noisy places. Your child will likely be able to hear sounds at close distances and in quiet environments.
Severe hearing loss (70-90 dB): Your child will only hear very loud environmental sounds and will likely not be able to hear any speech sounds without the use of hearing aids or a cochlear implant.
Your audiologist will consider the type and degree of your child's hearing loss when explaining the test results and making follow-up recommendations.
When children are not able to hear all of the speech sounds clearly, this affects their language learning and communication. There are many supports available for children with hearing loss so that communication can be optimized and frustration can be minimized.
Working closely with your child's audiologist and intervention team will help your child develop good early communication skills.