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


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