Signs of Hearing Loss

Recognizing the signs of hearing loss in yourself, a parent or family member is the first step to understanding what can be done to regain hearing health.


Physical Signs

  • Voices and sounds are muffled.
  • Difficulty picking out speech from background noises.
  • Voiceless consonant sounds – such as "ess" or "eff" – are difficult to hear.
  • Symptoms are worse in even slightly noisy environments or in groups of people.
  • Experiencing ringing in the ears that may be symptomatic of Tinnitus.

Behavioural Signs

  • Listening to television, radio, or computer audio at a higher volume than in the past.
  • Increasing silence during conversations.
  • Frequent requests for others to repeat themselves or talk louder.
  • Steadily decreasing job performance.

  • Appearance of memory loss and lack of desire to try new things.

Emotional Signs

  • Reduction or withdrawal from social activities.
  • Irritation, anger and frustration during conversations.
  • Frequent fatigue or bouts of depression after interaction.
  • Increased sense of loneliness and isolation.
  • Denial, "I don't have a problem, everyone else does"

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