A lot of diagnoses in medicine are rated in terms of mild, moderate or severe.
Our audiologists add one additional category that's even worse than severe; profound.
A patients audiology test came back as showing severe hearing loss on the left but profound hearing loss on the right.
I suspect most will think severe and profound are the same.
Now you'll know things are not looking good at all if something you have going on with you is rated as profound.
Now that's profound!