Most cases of hearing loss develop gradually. Because of this, the symptoms are often difficult to recognise. The first step in the treatment of a hearing loss is to realise that there is a problem.
If you experience difficulties in hearing someone calling to you from behind or from another room, have difficulties in hearing women’s and children’s voices, have difficulties in communicating in a small group of people, for example at meetings or feel that people are mumbling to you, it may be some of the symptoms of a hearing loss.
If other people tell you that you do not hear well in different situations, this may also be a sign of a hearing loss.
Get a hearing test
If you suspect that you have a hearing loss or others tell you that you are not hearing well, the best advice is to get your hearing tested by a hearing professional. A professional hearing test can determine if you have a hearing loss.
Treating hearing loss
Treating hearing loss improves both your hearing and your quality of life.
Don’t leave your hearing loss untreated. An untreated hearing loss has a series of negative consequences. Besides not being able to hear, people with an untreated hearing loss also often experience a series of negative social, mental and physical consequences because of their hearing loss.