How to Notice Signs of Hearing Loss
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.
- Do you experience difficulty hearing conversations over the telephone?
- Do you experience difficulty following a conversation when two or more people are talking at the same time?
- Do you have to strain or feel fatigued trying to hear some conversations?
- Does your spouse or family often complain that you set the TV volume too high?
- Do you often have to ask people to repeat themselves?
- Does it seem like more people mumble or speak in an unclear manner?
- Do you experience difficulty hearing clearly in a noisy environment such as a restaurant?
- Do you commonly misunderstand the exact words that someone speaks to you?
- Do you experience difficulty understanding the speech of women and children?
- 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
- 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.