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Bilateral Mild Precipitously Sloping to Profound Hearing Loss

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This audiogram shows a bilateral mild precipitously sloping to profound hearing loss.

  • Bilateral means that both ears have a hearing loss.
  • Mild precipitously sloping to profound means that hearing loss is mild for the lower frequencies. But it suddenly gets a lot worse for the higher frequencies.
  • Sensorineural means that the cochlea or auditory nerve isn't working correctly.

This kind of hearing loss is also called "Ski Slope Loss." Children with this kind of hearing loss can work just fine in quiet rooms. But they may have a lot more trouble working in big or noisy rooms. So you may want to get your child tested for how his hearing loss will affect him in school.

A child with this amount of hearing loss will need to use hearing aids as well as other assistive listening devices to hear what people are saying. He may also need special ear mold add-ons or changes, like the Libby Horn or the Continuous Flow Adapter (CFA) to make these sounds accessible to the child.

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