Common Signs of Hearing Loss

Common Signs and Symptoms of Hearing Loss

If you suspect you have some hearing loss, contact an audiologist for a professional hearing assessment. Hearing loss can occur at any age and for many reasons. In adults, however, one of the most common periods for hearing loss to begin is between ages 40 and 55 years.

Surprisingly, you may not be aware if you have a hearing impairment. Some forms of hearing loss are very mild and may only involve difficulty in hearing certain sounds or hearing in specific situations. Additionally, some types of hearing loss may occur so gradually that they progress without your notice.

Children should be seen by an audiologist without delay if parents suspect any hearing problem. Immediate attention is critical to ensure both hearing health and proper speech and language evelopment.

Children can be evaluated at any age, including the newborn. In the absence of any specific problems, parents may wish to have their children’s hearing evaluated during the preschool years. Thereafter, their hearing should be rechecked periodically throughout their school years.

Do you:

    Frequently have to ask for repetition?
    Have trouble hearing when spoken to from another room?
    Feel that you hear sound, but do not understand speech?
    Feel that people are mumbling?
    Have trouble hearing when there is noise around you?
    Need to turn the radio or TV volume up loud to hear well?
    Have difficulty hearing women's or children's voices?
    Have to turn one ear towards the person speaking?
    Have trouble hearing when you can't see the speaker's face?
    Need to be close to the person speaking?
    Become anxious or tired in social situations because you cannot understand what is being said?
    Have to strain to hear?
    Frequently misunderstand what is said?
    Have ringing or buzzing in your ear(s)?

Do others tell you that you:

    Do not react to loud sounds?
    Do not respond when spoken to?
    Turn the radio or TV volume up too high?
    Speak loudly or shout in conversation?
    Are missing what is being said?
    Do not hear sounds coming from behind you?
    Have had a change in your speech?

What to Do If You Think You Have a Hearing Loss

See an audiologist for a full audiological evaluation to determine the degree and extent of your hearing loss and what assistance is available to you. There are many ways that a hearing loss may be helped, including:

    Hearing Aids
    Assistive Listening Devices
    Audiological rehabilitation, including:
        speech reading
        auditory training
        communication skills techniques


If your hearing loss requires medical intervention, a referral to your family physician or ear specialist will be made.


If any of these signs or symptoms seem all too familiar, it is a good idea to see a hearing health care professional. Click here to make an appointment with the American Hearing Center.

This information is courtesy of Hear Again

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