Hearing and Hearing Loss

Signs of 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:

Do you often think people mumble when speaking to you?

Do you find yourself asking people to repeat themselves? Do you say “what?” or “huh?” a lot?  If so, this could be an indication of hearing loss.

Do you have the TV on very loud?

If the people around you tell you that your TV or radio is too loud, then you should take this seriously. It might mean that you are being affected by the onset of hearing loss.

Do you find conversations stressful in noisy environments?

Do you have to concentrate very hard during conversations with one person or multiple people when there’s a lot of background noise (restaurant, parties, meetings)?

Do you have difficulty hearing people on the telephone?

 If you can’t hear conversations clearly and setting the volume up louder and louder, you may have hearing loss.

Causes of hearing loss