What is an audiogram?
Audiograms (or hearing tests) can be a bit confusing at first. You have a chart with Frequency along the top and Loudness down the side. You have a series of dots and lines across the graph. Occasionally, there will be notes written across the page. What does it all mean? To help clarify some of the confusion we have created the following image to assist you.
- Frequency - Refers to the frequency in which a sound is made. As we age the upper range of the frequency deteriorates. Often a high frequency loss will show a downward slope from left to right.
- Loudness - Refers to the actual volume of sound that a person can hear at a given frequency. This is measured by the downward or horizontal lines on the graph. The lower on the graph, the more volume is needed to hear at that frequency.
- Conversation - Conversation generally falls in the shape of an upside down jellybean. Depending on where your hearing loss falls you can either have a hard time hearing vowels on the lower frequencies or consonants on the upper frequency (or both).
- Color Code - On the graph below we have shaded the approximate zones of various hearing loss levels. You can print out our audiogram and copy across your information to give yourself a more clear idea of your personal hearing loss.
If you are still confused, please contact us and we will be happy to help you decipher your hearing test!
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