I just caught up in the thread and I’d just like to comment about the word “average”.

The thing about the word "average" is that it has different meanings depending upon whether one is talking about statistics or just shooting the breeze with your friends.

Statistically all that average means is the

mean. (E.g., the mean of the numbers: 1, 2, 7, 8 is (1+2+7+8)/4 = 18/4 = 4.5 )

But when shooting the breeze with your friends average often means ‘not weird.’

In this case Twaddellmotter was talking about doing a statistical survey so I just assumed that she was using some words with their statistical and not every day meaning. As per her OP:

It can definitely get confusing when you're dealing with numbers in a study about people and the conversation is happening between people who use statistics often and people who don't. And it may be likely that the everyday meaning of "average" has an undesirable unconscious effect that creeps up slowly over time on some doctors, psychologists, audiologists and others since they constantly use words while discussing their clients’ audiological results that have a neutral meaning in statistics but a negative one in everyday language. So probably it would be better if the word average stopped being used in statistics. That would

*definitely* get my vote!

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And the word "normal" has the same issues.

Again, depends upon if you are discussing statistical survey results or just shooting the breeze. Let's say we were talking about my neighbors -- some of my neighbors are

*not normal*!

In a statistical survey, well heck, my memory about statistics is just too rusty for me to try to give a precise explanation about that. I vaguely recall it has to do with how results are distributed around the mean, with the more common results being closer to the mean and the less common ones far away. So to get back to the OP -- severe hearing loss and deafness is rare and not “normal” --

**in the statistical sense and not the everyday sense of the word, **“normal.”

Again, because statistics is often used when studying people I personally think it would be

*great* if a word that didn’t also have a meaning in everyday English could be used to replace “normal” when discussing statistical studies.

Much easier suggested than done though.