About Hearing Loss

Symptoms

The signs of hearing loss are typically subtle and emerge slowly, but they can be significant and appear suddenly. You might have hearing loss if you…

Socially:

  • Require frequent repetition
  • Have difficulty following conversations involving more than 2 people
  • Think that other people sound muffled or like they’re mumbling
  • Have difficulty hearing in noisy situations, like conferences, restaurants, malls, or crowded meeting rooms
  • Have trouble hearing children and women
  • Have your TV or radio turned up to a high volume
  • Answer or respond inappropriately in conversations
  • Have ringing in your ears
  • Read lips or more intently watch people’s faces when they speak with you

Emotionally:

  • Feel stressed out from straining to hear what others are saying
  • Feel annoyed at other people because you can’t hear or understand them
  • Feel embarrassed to meet new people or from misunderstanding what others are saying
  • Feel nervous about trying to hear and understand
  • Withdraw from social situations that you once enjoyed because of difficulty
    hearing

Medically:

  • Have a family history of hearing loss
  • Take medications that can harm the hearing system (ototoxic drugs)
  • Have diabetes, heart, circulation or thyroid problems
  • Have been exposed to very loud sounds over a long period or single exposure to explosive noise