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Bilateral Mild Sloping to Profound Sensorineural Hearing Loss

Image courtesy of EDEN - The Electronic Deaf Education Network

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

  • Bilateral means that both ears have a hearing loss.
  • Mild sloping to profound means the hearing loss is mild for the lower frequencies, but profound for the higher frequencies.
  • Sensorineural means that the cochlea or auditory nerve isn't working correctly.

This kind of hearing is most often seen in older adults, but is also seen in some children.

Because of the very severe hearing loss at the highest frequencies, this child may not be able to hear some speech sounds at all.

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, like the Libby Horn or the Continuous Flow Adapter (CFA).

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