Does anyone else get fed up with hearing others say things such as;
“I have a 50% hearing loss in my right ear and a 30% in my left”
“My brother has a 70% hearing loss ….”
“What percentage hearing loss is yours?”
Sometimes I just smile and nod, but just lately I’ve been quizing them, asking them who told them they had a percentage loss, more often than not they say the audiologist. Any audiologist I’ve ever spoken on this subject says that percentage loss is a nonsense and they would never give an assessment in those terms.
So why are there so many out there who claim a percentage loss? Not only that they proclaim it like some sort of acheivement? My percentage loss is better/worse than your percentage loss”
Word and sentence understanding are measure in percentages, but not everyone will have those tests. Perhaps this is what they are talking about? Perhaps they are mistaking a 50dB reading for 50%, maybe??
I know that insurance claims are measured in percentages so I did an online assessment. Depending on which algorithms are used I have between a 95 and 100% hearing disability. Yeah, beat that mate. Yet I know that there are many who have worse hearing than I do. It’s a nonsense when you take it out of context.
Hearing loss isn’t a competition to be measured off in numbers. We know that two people with a similar audiogram will respond differently to that loss. Lifestyles, environment, adaptability all play a part.
So, enough with the percentages, comparing, wanting to know just how deaf I am. If the conversation is about hearing loss then fine, it’s valid. As are the questions people ask me on here, but as an opener, by a stranger then no. It’s not OK.