How to Read an Audiogram
When hearing is tested, the audiologist keeps track of exactly which tones each ear hears. Although some audiologists use a different form, most use a standard graph called the audiogram. The audiogram is a visual picture of what the ears hear.
Understanding your audiogram, or the audiogram of someone you care about, will help to explain how hearing loss impacts communication.
One word of caution: A hearing test occurs in a perfect listening environment- a sound proof booth with only one sound at a time. In real life, there are many sounds occurring at any one time. Some places are easier to hear in than others. So, the audiogram is a picture of a person's hearing in the best of conditions. In real life, the person may not hear as much as the audiogram would suggest
These links provide introductions to the audiogram:
Audiogram with Sound Sample
If you have normal hearing, click on the sound sample to gain even better understanding of hearing loss!
The Audiogram: Explanation and Significance
This article is by Mark Ross PhD. It was originally published in Hearing Loss, a publication of Self Help for Hard of Hearing People, May/June 2004. It is offered here with the permission of the author. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view this document.