An Overview of Hearing Loss – Its Signs, Causes, Implications and Solutions
By Donna S. Wayner, Ph.D.
What are the Signs of Hearing Loss?
If you have a hearing loss, sounds may seem loud enough, but not clear. People may
seem to be mumbling or talking too quickly. Quiet sounds, such as a clock ticking, birds
singing, or voices from another room, just cannot be heard as well as before. You may
hear some people's voices better than others. You may find that facing the speaker
helps you to hear better. It is difficult to understand what is being said in a group when
there is any background noise. Group conversations are more and more difficult to
follow. You might find that meetings, groups, parties, and movies are not as rewarding
as before. It is harder to keep up with small talk. You may favor one ear over the other.
You need to ask for things to be repeated.
Sometimes, you misunderstand what has been said. Others may tell you that you
have the radio or television turned up "too loud" or that you speak too loudly or too
softly. You may be startled when someone enters the room. You may have difficulty
locating the source or direction of sounds. Loud sounds may seem more sharp and
annoying than before. You may hear ringing or buzzing in your ears. Read through the
following checklist. If you answer yes to more than five of the signs and symptoms
listed, see your physician and then get a thorough hearing evaluation by an audiologist.
Common Signs and Symptoms of Hearing Loss
frequently have to ask for repetition?
have trouble hearing when you are spoken to from another room?
feel that you hear sound but do not understand speech clearly?
feel that people are mumbling?
have trouble hearing when there is noise around you?
need to turn the radio or TV volume up loud to hear well?
have difficulty hearing women's or children's voices?
have to turn one ear toward the person speaking?
have trouble hearing when you can't see the speaker's face?
need to be close to the person s