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Inquiring Ears Want To Know - A Fact Sheet About Your Hearing Test
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    This sheet explains your audiogram (hearing test) and gives some basic information about protecting your hearing. Keep it so you can refer to it later. What is an audiogram? An audiogram is often called a hearing test, but there s no pass or fail It is a written record of your hearing levels A series of audiograms can track changes in hearing over time Your hearing threshold levels (the quietest sounds you can hear) are measured in decibels (dB) at different frequencies from low (500 Hz) to high (8000 Hz) Why should I get audiograms? To measure your hearing ability To identify hearing problems To monitor success at maintaining your hearing To see if noise exposure is affecting your hearing Do I have normal hearing? Compare your hearing threshold levels to this scale: -10 - 25dB Normal hearing 26 - 40 dB Mild loss 41 - 55 dB Moderate loss 56 - 70 dB Moderate/severe loss 71 - 90 dB Severe loss 91 - 100dB Profound loss [ ]

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