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Signs & Symptoms of Hearing Loss

If you’re concerned that you or someone you know may be experiencing hearing loss, know that you are not alone.

Nearly 48 million Americans suffer from hearing loss enough to impact communication, but since hearing loss happens gradually, many people don’t recognize the signs for quite some time. It’s often friends and family that point it out.

Signs of Hearing Loss

Hearing loss can be a difficult condition to recognize, especially if yours is gradual and has been developing over an extended period of time. If your hearing loss has slowly been declining over the last few years, it’s possible you may not realize you have a problem – but someone close to you probably suspects it!

Because hearing loss affects any person of any age, it’s important to understand and recognize some key signs of hearing loss. If you recognize any of these common symptoms associated with hearing loss, consider scheduling a consultation with one of our professionals!

  • Difficulties following conversations with two or more people
  • Having to turn the volume on your television or radio up frequently; or others complaining about how high you have the volume set
  • Trouble hearing women and children
  • Feeling that everyone speaking to you is mumbling
  • Needing to read lips to fully understand a conversation when someone is speaking to you
  • A ringing or buzzing sound in your ears, it may be constant or it may come and go
  • Asking individuals to repeat themselves
  • Isolating yourself from social situations because conversations have become stressful or no longer enjoyable
  • Struggling to hear people on the telephone

Common Symptoms of Hearing Loss

Since everyone’s hearing is unique, everyone experiences hearing loss in different ways. Here are some common symptoms to look for:

  • You often miss certain words or find yourself confusing words or misunderstanding conversations.
  • You frequently ask the speaker to repeat what was said.
  • Your family members or friends have expressed concern about your hearing.
  • You avoid certain social situations (the theater, restaurants, parties) because it’s difficult to hear.
  • You have difficulty understanding telephone conversations.
  • You turn up the volume on the radio or television to levels that are too loud for others.
  • You have difficulty following conversations in groups or in the presence of background noise.
  • You have difficulty hearing outdoor sounds such as birds or the wind.
  • You have ringing or buzzing in your ear.

If any of these situations seem familiar, take our quick hearing quiz.

This test should not replace the certainty and reliability of a professional hearing screening, but it can provide some insight in potential hearing problems. The sooner a hearing problem is addressed, the more effectively it can be treated. Schedule an appointment today.