Signs and Symptoms of Hearing Loss

Hearing loss can affect our daily activities. So what are the signs and symptoms of hearing loss condition? How are you supposed to tell that you may be suffering from a hearing loss condition?

 

WHEN SHOULD YOU SUSPECT HEARING LOSS?

    • Difficulty in understanding speech: You may find that the sounds you hear especially words spoken by other people do not make sense. In order to clear the confusion, you will need to ask repeatedly for the words to be spoken to you again.
    • Listening to TV and radio at a louder volume than before: You will notice that you need to turn up the level of volume on these devices for better hearing. Your friends and family may also complain about the volume levels you use. What seems normal to you is loud to them.
    • Difficulty in hearing when there is background noise: For example in a restaurant with background noise, you find difficulty in hearing your partner, even in one-on one situation..
    • You find difficulty hearing when someone speaks in a whisper.
    • Emotionally, you find yourself irritated easily when you participate in hearing or conversation especially in a group.
    • Socially, you find yourself less interested in participating in conversations and meeting new people because you are worried that you might not be able to follow what they say.
    • Some people comment that you are speaking too loudly.

 

THERE ARE ALSO SYMPTOMS ASSOCIATED WITH HEARING LOSS AND ARE MENTIONED BELOW:

  • Tinnitus or ringing in the ear
  • Ear pain
  • Ear infection
  • Vertigo or dizziness
  • You have a family history of hearing loss in their parents, siblings or close relatives.
  • Drugs which are toxic to hearing as well as chronic diseases such as diabetes can increase the chances of hearing loss.

Old age, disease and several other factors which can give rise to hearing loss can cause changes in a person’s daily life which relate to hearing activities. You may find that while others are listening to television or radio without any complaint, the volume might be too low for your liking. Similarly, you might need to change or swap the ear to which you are holding your phone while calling so you can hear better or you may find difficulty in understanding speech correctly in a conversation. All these factors can cause hearing to become very effortful and a tiring activity. You may begin to notice that these little things cumulate to change your lifestyle if they are not corrected, you may become less social just for the sake of avoiding the effort of hearing.

These are general signs, symptoms and clues which can help in diagnosis of hearing loss. Any patient who suspect that they might have hearing loss should be have your hearing checked by a qualified audiologists. Effective aural rehabilitation has been successful in helping people cope and live effectively with their hearing impairment.