Compared to Normal Hearing
Hearing loss is evaluated against a statistically-determined ‘normal’ hearing.
About Two Classes of Hearing Loss
Hearing loss is classified into two major types; one type is irreversible; the other is potentially reversible.
Hearing Loss Affects Comprehension
Hearing loss primarily results in a problem with speech understanding.
People are not generally sympathetic to those who have hearing difficulties.
Hearing loss is more socially isolating than the loss of any other sense.
Delayed Manifestation of Loss
Hearing damage often will not be manifest until many years later.
Sudden-Onset Hearing Loss
Sudden-onset hearing loss sometimes can be reversed if treated within hours.