Symptoms of Hearing LossPeople of all ages suffer from hearing loss. Most hearing loss occurs gradually, so the symptoms are difficult to recognise. It may begin by asking people to repeat themselves, or turning up the volume on the TV. As our hearing fades we tend to forget how things sound. Our world becomes quieter. We are unaware that we are missing the usual sounds of everyday life such as children laughing, birds singing and the sound of the sea.
If you, or someone you know, are experiencing one or more of the following problems it may be time to consider having a hearing assessment.
- People seem to be mumbling or don’t speak as clearly as they used to
- You have to strain to hear when someone talks or whispers
- You have difficulty hearing someone call from behind or in another room
- You need to watch a speaker's lips more closely to follow conversation
- Following a conversation is difficult when you are in a group of people
- You have to turn up the volume on the TV or radio
- You have problems hearing clearly on the telephone
- You have difficulty hearing at the church, theatre, cinema or other venues
- You find it hard to hear in noisy restaurants or in the car
- You have begun to limit your social activities due to difficulty in hearing
- Family or friends mention that they often have to repeat themselves