Percentage of hearing loss

David & Gwen Coffin djcoffin at LINKNET.NET
Wed Aug 9 08:04:39 EST 1995


Thanks to all who have replied to my query . . .

It seems that most everyone is in agreement about explaining a hearing loss 
in by the degree of communication difficulty rather than using a pure 
percentage figure.  A percentage may not necessarly reflect the actual 
abilities (i.e., a 62% loss does not mean that a person will miss 62% of 
everything.)  Life is not that linear. 

One respondant did have a good point.  People like something that they can 
grasp, and percentages offer that.   I think this explains why people tend 
to remember the percent that someone told them 10 years ago, but don't 
remember what they were told after last year's test.  :-)

The general concensus is to use our knowledge of speech and environmental 
sounds to accurately interpret how each individual's hearing loss will 
impact their lifestyle.  

I agree.  As I mentioned, it seems that the majority of the people who 
mention percentages, heard it from their physician.  The majority of the 
ENT's I have contact with do not use percentages.  However, there are a few. 
 Is it our responsibility to attempt to educate them?  Do we wait until we 
see their patients and educate them?  (Knowing the obstacles to the first 
one, I think most of us opt for the second.)

Again, thanks to all who replied.




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