Signs of hearing loss

Can you recognize the signs of hearing loss? Find out the everyday situations in which you may be experiencing signs of hearing loss.

The first symptoms of hearing loss aren’t always obvious, so it’s important to pay special attention to them. It can be easy to either dismiss hearing problems or learn to adjust to them. However, the sooner you can identify the signs of hearing loss, the sooner you can get the best possible results from the right hearing treatment. Understanding if you have hearing loss, and how it may be affecting you, is the first step to restoring your confidence and ability to engage with the world around you.

If you answer "yes" to several of the following questions, it’s time to talk to your health professional:

  • Have difficulty hearing conversations, especially where there’s background noise?
  • Frequently ask people to repeat themselves?
  • Often misunderstand what people say?
  • Have trouble hearing on the telephone?
  • Turn up the volume on the TV or radio louder than others in the room prefer?
  • Feel other people often mumble when they talk?
  • Struggle to hear the sounds of nature, such as birds chirping or rain falling?
  • Find yourself agreeing, smiling or nodding during conversations when you're not sure what's been said?
  • Regularly withdraw from conversations because it's too difficult to hear?
  • Read lips to understand what people are saying?
  • Find yourself straining to hear or keep up with conversations?
  • Experience tinnitus (a persistent ringing, buzzing or other sound)?
  • Do you only hear from one ear?

If you think you or a loved one has a hearing problem, read more about taking the next steps to treat your hearing loss.

The information on this website is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, prescribe treatment, or replace medical advice. Please consult a hearing healthcare professional to diagnose or treat a hearing or health problem.

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