Let ψ be a conformal map on D with ψ(0)=0 and let F_α={z∈D:|ψ(z)|=α} for α>0. Denote by H^p(D) the classical Hardy space with exponent p>0 and by h(ψ) the Hardy number of ψ. Consider the limits
L:=lim_{α→+∞} (log ω_D(0,Fα)^{−1} / logα), μ:=lim_{α→+∞}(d_D(0,Fα) / logα),
where ω_D(0,Fα) denotes the harmonic measure at 0 of F_α and d_D(0,Fα) denotes the hyperbolic distance between 0 and F_α in D. We study a problem posed by P. Poggi-Corradini. What is the relation between L, μ and h(ψ)? Motivated by the result of Kim and Sugawa that h(ψ)=lim inf_{α→+∞} (log ω_D(0,Fα)^{−1} logα), we show that h(ψ)=lim inf_{α→+∞} (d_D(0,Fα) / logα). We also provide conditions for the existence of L and μ and for the equalities L=μ=h(ψ). Poggi-Corradini proved that ψ∉H^μ(D) for a wide class of conformal maps ψ. We present an example of ψ such that ψ∈H^μ(D).