Understanding Your Audiogram

An audiogram displays the softest sounds you are able to detect. The pitches increase from left to right, much like a piano. The vertical axis shows loudness of sound, with the softest sounds at the top and the loudest sounds at the bottom.

Your right ear is represented with a circle and your left is represented by an X.

The classification of hearing loss is shown above. The most important sounds for speech are 500-4000 Hz, as demonstrated below. You receive your meaning of words from the higher pitched sounds, therefore someone with a high-frequency hearing loss will have trouble understanding speech. As we age, the higher pitches tend to diminish first. Hearing loss related to aging is called presbycusis.

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