Hearing and Hearing Loss
Hearing is the ability to hear and understand sound in our environment.
Hearing loss can be triggered by loud noises or infections, but for most, hearing loss is gradual, age-related and only noticeable as it progresses. Fortunately, impaired hearing can be improved, or even fully corrected, with the use of a hearing aid.
Changes in your hearing can be a gradual process or it can be a sudden change. Identifying hearing loss is not always that easy and other people may notice changes before you do.
One of the early signs of hearing loss is a struggle with speech recognition. You may find yourself mishearing what people say – whether it is a word of a sentence. You ask yourself asking people, “What?” and to repeat themselves.
First signs of hearing loss
When you cannot hear well, it is frustrating to follow a conversation in a noisy environment like a restaurant of family gathering.
The following questions may help you find out if you have hearing loss: