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Bilateral Profound Sensorineural Hearing Loss

Image courtesy of EDEN - The Electronic Deaf Education Network

This audiogram shows a bilateral profound sensorineural hearing loss.

  • Bilateral means that both ears have a hearing loss.
  • Profound means that the hearing loss is 90dB or greater. This means that the child may not be able to hear anything softer than 90dB.
  • Sensorineural means that the cochlea or auditory nerve isn't working correctly.

This kind of hearing loss is sometimes called a "Left Corner" audiogram.

A child with this much hearing loss may not be able to hear much, even with hearing aids. So he may not be able to learn to speak through hearing alone. He may benefit from using sign language and by reading lips. He may also be a candidate for a cochlear implant.

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