What are the symptoms of hearing loss?

Hearing loss signs and symptoms

Hearing loss may vary from individual to individual, the symptoms and their effects do as well. While hearing damage can sometimes be physically felt in the ears, it is primarily a sensory loss that affects our lives psychologically and socially.

Some signs of hearing loss

There can be many signs that may indicate a possible hearing loss. Some common ones may include:
  • Others complain of the TV turned up too loud
    While watching TV, listening to music, or talking on the phone, you might think that the noise level is perfectly normal until others inform you that the volume is too high. This is a good indication your level of hearing is lower than others around you.
  • Struggling to hear in crowds
    Having difficulty following a conversation in crowds? Or do you often face trouble differentiating between who’s speaking to you in a noisy environment? This is an early sign of hearing loss too.
  • Unable to understand what others are saying
    If you are misunderstanding people when they are speaking to you, this can often lead to a string of misinterpretations and can cause miscommunication between you and those you’re speaking to.
  • You're asking "What?" a lot
    Asking others to constantly repeat themselves is not only frustrating to those trying to tell you something, but it can start to make you feel uncomfortable as well. 
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First signs of hearing loss

Hearing loss can cause sound to become dull and muffled while also altering the volumes at which we usually hear. This makes understanding speech, locating its source and picking it out against background noise tiring and frustrating. Difficulties following conversations when in meetings, on the phone or while socialising with friends can lead to feelings of embarrassment, stress, isolation, loneliness and even depression.

In case of hearing loss signs

Loss of hearing can also be accompanied by secondary symptoms. Hyperacusis is a heightened sensitivity to certain volumes and frequencies of sound, where as tinnitus causes ringing and buzzing in the ear when no external sound is present. It is important to know that identifying hearing problems is not easy and that your family and friends may notice symptoms and changes in your behaviour before you do.

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