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The most common hearing loss symptoms and signs

Hearing loss affects people in different ways. These are the most common hearing loss symptoms, and if you experience one or more of these signs, you might have hearing loss.

Hearing loss symptoms & signs

Do you experience one or more of these common hearing loss symptoms and signs?

  • You need to ask people to repeat themselves often
  • It’s difficult to hear what people say, especially if there is background noise
  • It’s difficult to keep up with conversations with two or more people
  • It’s difficult to hear people with high voices, especially women and children
  • It’s challenging to be in noisy environments like restaurants or shopping malls
  • You notice that you watch people’s faces and lips more intently than you used to when they are speaking
  • You listen to the TV or radio on a high-volume setting
  • Noises sound muffled to you
  • You feel like your ears are blocked or plugged
  • You experience buzzing, ringing or hissing in your ears (also called tinnitus)
  • You sometimes answer questions incorrectly because you misunderstood a word. For example, hearing “what time is it?” when someone asked you “what kind is it?”

You may have an increased chance of hearing loss if:

  • You have been exposed to high-level noise for a long time 
  • You have been exposed to explosive noise once or more
  • Hearing loss runs in your family

Hearing loss can also be connected to certain diseases and medications, if you are concerned about this please speak with your doctor or hearing care professional.

Three easy steps to getting a hearing aid

If you were to suddenly lose your eyesight, i.e. you sit in your car and you can’t see the road signs, you would notice very quickly and act on it instantly. Often, experiencing a hearing loss is not as straightforward. Many people who experience a hearing loss adapt coping mechanisms, that may work well in the beginning to help managing a hearing loss, but over time are simply not enough.

How do you know if you have hearing loss? 

Hearing loss affects people in different ways. It can affect you socially and emotionally and it have an impact on your ability to live life to the fullest. 

  • Do you often need to ask people to repeat themselves?
  • Does it sound like people are mumbling when they speak?
  • Is it difficult to take part in conversations when there is background noise?
  • Do you struggle to hear when someone speaks to you from another room? 
  • Do you listen to the radio or TV at a high volume?
  • Have you noticed that you no longer hear some of the quieter and more subtle sounds of nature?
These are the most common symptoms of hearing loss. If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, you might have a hearing loss. 
Not being able to hear well can stop you participating in social activities that you enjoy. Addressing your hearing loss is the fastest way to getting back to doing the things you love.

Help is available and there is a wide range of great quality, affordable hearing aids to help you grab every opportunity to enjoy life and the sounds you love.

Hear better, smile more?

Yes, it's true. Hearing loss can affect you emotionally.

It’s normal to be emotionally affected by hearing loss. This can range from mild annoyance at having to ask people to repeat themselves to depression and even social isolation. Humans are social beings and maintaining social interaction is important for our health and well-being.
Perhaps you’ve noticed these hearing loss signs: 
  • Feeling stressed or tired from straining to hear what people say
  • Feeling embarrassed about misunderstanding what people say
  • Anxiety about being in social environments because you may not be able to hear people
  • That you have started to avoid social situations that you used to enjoy
Your friends and family may notice the signs before you and they may be the ones that point out that it is a good idea to take a hearing test.
The good news is that addressing your hearing loss is the best way to get back on the road and feel confident and at ease in any situation and enable you to enjoy the sounds around you. 
Improving your hearing can help you feel more connected to the people and the world around you as well as helping your brain stay sharp and engaged.