Hearing loss can be something that happens suddenly if you’re exposed to a loud sound or bang. It can also happen slowly over a long period of time, which is often the case with age-related hearing loss. Understanding hearing loss is an important first step towards doing something about it.
Hearing loss can be divided into four categories depending on the level of hearing loss*: mild, moderate, severe and profound. Watch the video to understand these four levels better.
*World Health Organization, 2016
Get a feel for what’s it like to live with a hearing loss
Click below to hear what everyday situations such as going to the restaurant and listening to music sounds like with different levels of hearing loss.
The ear is made up of three parts:
- the outer ear
- the middle ear
- the inner ear
Knowing how the ear works is important for understanding hearing loss. Hearing loss can be divided into three types depending on which part of the ear is affected.