Hearing Loss Symptoms

Depending on the cause and severity,  some symptoms of hearing loss are more recognizable than others. More often than not, hearing loss occurs gradually as we age.

Maybe you played in a band or worked in a bustling city, maybe you loved going to rock concerts or have a preexisting condition that affects your hearing. It’s all a part of living life, and the most important thing is to prevent it from getting worse. Here are some common signs to look out for:

  • Unable to hear clearly in a loud restaurant/bar
  • Difficulty hearing a conversation with multiple people speaking
  • Tendency to avoid social settings
  • Asking others to repeat themselves often (this is okay by the way, don’t make someone feel bad for asking you to repeat something)

The signs and symptoms of hearing loss can be hard to spot. How would you know if you’re one of the 20 percent of Americans that report some degree of hearing loss?
Hearing loss can affect anyone at any age. It is important to have your hearing checked to find out what can be done to help with your current loss, to prevent it from getting worse.

Sounds to Listen Up For

If these sound like familiar situations, then you likely have some degree of hearing loss.

  • Outdoors

Do you miss the sound of birds chirping in the morning? Do leaves no longer crunch under your feet?

  • At Work

Does your boss claim to have told you something that you never heard? Is it hard to follow along at meetings? Do you have difficulty hearing when you talk on the phone?

  • At a Restaurant

Does the background noise bother you? Is it hard to hear what your friend is saying? Do you have to ask waiters to repeat themselves?

  • At Home

Does your spouse complain that the TV or car radio is too loud? Do you not hear the phone ringing or a knock on the door?

  • At a Concert

Does music sound different than it did before? Is it hard to hear higher pitches like flutes and soprano voices?