I have profound unilateral deafness and high frequency hearing loss in the other ear. My left ear has zero hearing and is more ornamental. I am a bit scared about the high frequency hearing loss and met a wonderful woman who was twice my age at the grocery store and told me I need to go get my ears checked annually. She also suffered hearing loss from childhood disease and has the exact same issues as me except she is almost completely deaf at this point. Currently, I have a hearing dog in training. The 501c3 program I was working with said some people have more severe hearing loss and have "profound deafness". But I said that is what I have and I can't locate directions of sound or hear much with background noise. Although to an average person, I appear fine because I can still hear without those issues. Upon the encouragement of my fiance, I've decided to join this forum because he told me since we moved in together, that I have a lot of cognitive misinterpretation that I've never noticed before from living on my own. My parents always raised me to pretend I am fine so I'd fit in at school but there has been indeed numerous times where my hearing has been a huge problem. Misinterpretation people and getting paranoid. Almost got hit by a subway because I was looking at the wrong direction to name a few. I am gonna get a Cros/ or Bi-Cros hearing aid as soon as I save up over $3500. So I have a question for the community: What is considered legally deaf? Must you have below certain decibels in both ears or does profound unilateral deafness qualify for legally deaf?