How to Notice Signs of Hearing Loss

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Signs of hearing loss can be sudden and easily noticed, or they can develop slowly over time and be difficult to notice. It is often family members that are the ones that first notice a person’s hearing loss. There are different types of hearing loss, but in general they will display the same signs and symptoms.

On average it takes 5 to 7 years from the first signs of hearing loss before someone seeks help for hearing loss. It can be difficult for a person to accept that they have hearing loss even though it affects their quality of life. If you or a loved one notices any of the signs of hearing loss, seek help from our audiologists.

Do you think you or a loved one are experiencing hearing loss? Here are some of the most common signs of hearing loss:

  • Asking others to repeat themselves
  • Turning up the TV or radio to volume levels others find loud
  • Having trouble understanding conversation in noisy places
  • Having trouble hearing women’s and children’s voices
  • Having trouble hearing on the telephone
  • Having difficulty following a fast-moving conversation
  • Being told by others that you have hearing loss

Hearing Loss Symptoms

Some of the symptoms of hearing loss may be:

  • Speech sounding muffled
  • Difficulty understanding words, especially against background noise or in a crowd
  • Trouble hearing consonants
  • Frequently asking others to speak more slowly, clearly and loudly
  • Needing to turn up the volume of the television or radio
  • Withdrawal from conversations
  • Avoidance of some social settings

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Hearing Loss Questionnaire

If you are still not sure that you are showing enough signs of hearing loss, you can answer the following questions in our quick Hearing Loss Questionnaire.

  1. Do you experience difficulty hearing conversations over the telephone?
  2. Do you experience difficulty following a conversation when two or more people are talking at the same time?
  3. Do you have to strain or feel fatigued trying to hear some conversations?
  4. Does your spouse or family often complain that you set the TV volume too high?
  5. Do you often have to ask people to repeat themselves?
  6. Does it seem like more people mumble or speak in an unclear manner?
  7. Do you experience difficulty hearing clearly in a noisy environment such as a restaurant?
  8. Do you commonly misunderstand the exact words that someone speaks to you?
  9. Do you experience difficulty understanding the speech of women and children?
  10. Have you ever had the following…?
    • Ear infections
    • Ear surgery
    • Discharge from your ears
    • Ringing in your ears
    • Head or brain injuries
    • Thyroid conditions
    • Sinus allergies
    • Chronic dizziness or balance issues
    • Diabetes
    • Heart disease, stroke, heart attacks
    • Kidney problems
    • Serious health conditions such as cancer or meningitis
    • High blood pressure

If you find yourself answering ‘yes’ to several of these questions, it’s a good idea to schedule a hearing test to get a full assessment from an audiologist.

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