Symptoms of hearing loss

Most cases of hearing loss develop gradually so the symptoms and signs of a hearing loss are often difficult to recognise. In this article, you can read about the signs of a hearing loss.

Many people suffer from age-related hearing loss and gradually lose their hearing as they grow older (progressive hearing loss), but there are many different types of hearing loss. Besides age, there is a wide range of possible causes of hearing loss, ranging from viral infections to trauma. But in most cases, the signs of a hearing loss are the same.

The first step in the treatment of hearing impairment is to realise that there is a problem. And it often takes time to accept that you suffer from hearing loss.

What are the signs of hearing loss?

If you experience some of the following signs of hearing loss, you should contact your family doctor or hearing care professional and have your hearing tested:

  • It sounds as if people are mumbling to you
  • Difficulties in hearing television - or people say that your television is turned up too loud
  • Difficulties in hearing someone calling to you from behind or from another room
  • Difficulties in communicating in a small group of people, for example at meetings
  • Communication difficulties in noisy environments, for example in a car, bus or at a party
  • A frequent need to ask people to repeat themselves
  • You no longer hear your watch ticking, water running or birds singing
  • Difficulties in hearing the doorbell or the telephone ringing
  • Family, colleagues and friends say that you might be suffering from hearing loss
  • You have to lip read the people who talk to you
  • You feel that you must really concentrate to hear someone talk or whisper
Get your hearing checked

If you think that you might have a hearing loss, we recommend that you get your hearing checked by a hearing professional.

If you experience these symptoms of hearing loss, you may feel that your social life is suffering too because of hearing and communication difficulties. You may even be tempted to avoid social gatherings and other social situations where you run the risk of misunderstanding or not hearing what other people say.

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