Degrees of Hearing Loss
An audiogram is a graph that shows your hearing levels for various pitches of sound. The frequency (pitch) of the sounds are displayed left to right on the graph while the softest level that each sound was heard is displayed from the top to bottom of the graph in decibels (loudness) – the top of the graph indicating better hearing. Red circles indicate the hearing for the right ear while blue “Xs” indicate the hearing for the left ear.
Hearing loss is typically placed into categories but the amount of hearing loss can vary by pitch. For example, you may have a mild hearing loss for lower pitched sounds and a more severe hearing loss for high frequency sounds.