What Is Hearing Loss?

The sounds that we hear everyday cover a range of pitches from the sound of a low pitched foghorn to the sound of a high pitched squeal. We also hear sounds at different loudness levels. Sounds ranging from soft, like the rustling of leaves, to loud, like jet engine noise during its take off, can be heard. A person with a hearing loss can still hear for the most part, but not the full range of sounds. Depending on the extent and pitch range of the loss, a person with a hearing loss may only miss some soft, high-pitched sounds; while others with a more severe degree of hearing loss may not be able to hear a significant amount of conversation. In effect, part of their hearing range is lost.