How to Notice Signs of Hearing Loss
Signs of hearing loss can be sudden and easily noticed, or they can develop slowly overtime and be difficult to notice. It is often family members that are the ones that first notice a person’s hearing loss. There are different types of hearing loss, but in general they will display the same signs and symptoms.
On average it takes 5 to 7 years from the first signs of hearing loss to when someone seeks help for hearing loss. This can be because it can be difficult 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.
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:
- Muffling of speech
- 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
EAR DAMAGE SYMPTOMS
Hearing Loss Causes
Types of Hearing Loss
Ear trauma can commonly lead to temporary or permanent hearing loss. We advise that you seek medical help from your doctor to treat any trauma as soon as possible, and have a hearing test when you are healed to ensure the health of your hearing.
SIGNS OF HEARING LOSS IN CHILDREN
Hearing in the first few years and even months of your child’s life is critical for the development of your child both socially and emotionally. A mild or even partially hearing loss can affect the child’s ability to develop speech and language properly.
- Newborns aren’t startled when there are sudden loud noises.
- By 3 months, if a baby doesn’t recognize or acknowledge a parent’s voice.
- By 6 months, if a baby doesn’t turn his or her eyes or head toward a sound.
- By 12 months, if a baby doesn’t imitate some sounds or try to produce a few words.
- Limited, poor, or no speech.
- Difficulty learning.
- Seems to need higher TV volume.
- Fails to respond to conversation-level speech.
- Fails to respond to his or her name.
- Easily frustrated when there’s a lot of background noise.
- If the speech isn’t clear and understandable.
- If they don’t understand most of what was being said.
- Not responding to voices.
- Surprised or startled when they realized their name was being called.
- Sitting close to the TV or increases the volume to loud levels.
- Not reacting to loud sounds.
If you notice that your child has any of these issues or is delayed in reaching any milestones, we recommend that your child has a hearing test.
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 TV volume too high?
- Do you have to ask people to repeat themselves often?
- 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
- Ear disease, stroke, heart attacks
- Kidney problems
- Serious health conditions such as cancer, meningitis, etc
- High blood pressure
If you find yourself answering ‘yes’ to several of these questions, it’s a good idea to book a hearing test to get a full test from our hearing healthcare professionals.