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How to Notice Signs of Hearing Loss

There are many kinds of hearing loss that present symptoms in different ways. It can make it difficult to easily tell if you or someone you know are showing signs of having a hearing loss. That said, there are some methods you can use that can give you a strong indication either way. If you are not sure, it’s a good idea to get a confirmed diagnosis from a hearing clinic by getting a comprehensive hearing test.

Here are the common signs and symptoms of hearing loss, and some tips on how to notice it.

Hearing Loss Questionnaire

If someone is developing hearing loss slowly over time, it can be difficult to notice the signs as everything will still feel somewhat normal. It can take a while until you realize just how much your hearing has changed.

If someone is developing hearing loss slowly over time, it can be difficult to notice the signs as everything will still feel somewhat normal. It can take a while until you realize just how much your hearing has changed.

Here are some questions you can ask yourself or your loved one to start getting an idea about the state of your hearing health:

  1. Do you experience difficulty following conversations in any of the following environments…?
    • a. On the phone
    • b. With two or more people at the same time
    • c. With a lot of background noise, such as a restaurant
    • d. With women or children with higher pitched voices
  2. Is it a strain or tiring to concentrate on conversations for very long?
  3. Do people have to repeat themselves for you to hear them?
  4. Does it seem like most people mumble or don’t speak clearly to you?
  5. Do you have to set the TV volume very high in order to hear it?
  6. Have you ever experienced the following conditions…?
    • a. Ear infections
    • b. Surgery on or around your ears or brain
    • c. Discharge from your ears
    • d. Ringing, buzzing, hissing, or other sound from within your ears
    • e. Injuries to your head
    • f. Health conditions with your thyroid
    • g. Sinus congestion due to chronic allergies
    • h. Problems with balance
    • i. Diabetes
    • j. Ear disease, stroke, heart attacks
    • k. Cancer, meningitis, or any other serious health issue
    • l. High blood pressure

If you answered “yes” to any of the questions listed here, that is a sign that you might have a hearing loss.

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HEARING LOSS SYMPTOMS

The questionnaire above are focused on making you think about how you hear or handle hearing in different environments. Doing so can help you realize that you are showing symptoms of hearing loss, which includes:

  • Muffling of speech, especially from people with a higher pitched voice (women, children, etc)
  • More focus on watching people’s lips to help determine what someone is saying
  • Ears feeling blocked or clogged
  • Difficulty with speaking at a normal volume level
  • Turning your body so your ear that ears better is aimed towards the source of sound
  • Difficulty understanding words, especially against background noise or in a crowd
  • Trouble hearing consonants
  • Frequently asking others to speak more slowly, clearly and loudly
  • Needing to turn up the volume of the television or radio
  • Withdrawal from conversations
  • Avoidance of some social settings

In addition, you may experience some of the following symptoms related to physical damage of your ear’s auditory organs:

  • Feeling dizzy and/or vertigo
  • Feeling sudden ear pain that quickly fades away
  • Bleeding from the ear
  • Feeling pressure in the ear
  • Chronic noise from within your ear, such as ringing, buzzing, hissing, etc.

If you find that any of the symptoms of hearing loss or ear damage matches with what you are experiencing, we recommend you seek immediate help from a hearing care professional. Early intervention can help you recover your hearing, especially if your hearing loss is due to an underlying health condition that can be treated.

Signs of Hearing Loss in Children

As a parent, you know that the early months of your child’s life are very important for their development. For infants, even mild hearing loss can hurt their ability to develop speech and language properly. The causes for hearing loss this young is usually something related to genetics or an underlying health condition.

It can be difficult to notice the signs of hearing loss in children, especially babies, due to their inability to perceive a problem or communicate with you about it. It can also be difficult due to children exhibiting changing signs or symptoms of hearing loss as they grow and develop. Here are some signs of hearing loss in children the different stages of life:

Signs of Hearing Loss in Newborns & Infants

The greatest difficulty in detecting hearing loss in newborns and infants, when they are still developing much of their initial ability to perceive sound. Here are some of the early signs of hearing loss you might notice:

  • Newborn — they do not react to sudden loud noises
  • 3 months — they do not react, recognize or acknowledge your voice
  • 6 months — they do not turn their eyes or head towards a noise or voice
  • 12 months — they do not imitate sounds or speech that they hear, or try to speak themselves.

If you notice that your child has any of these issues or is delayed in reaching any milestones, we recommend that your child has a hearing test.

Signs of Hearing Loss in Toddlers

Once a child reaches toddler age, they should have begun to show the ability to clearly hear and react to voices or sound. Here are some of the signs of hearing loss they might display:

  • Limited ability to speak, including mispronunciation or no speech at all
  • Greater difficulty learning
  • Listens to videos, music, or TV at a high volume
  • Difficulty or inability to respond to conversations
  • Does not respond to their name
  • Gets agitated in environments with a lot of background noise

Signs of Hearing Loss in Children

Children will have a much better understanding of speech, and have the ability to react to sound with their own voice. Here are some signs of hearing loss your child:

  • Their speech is mumbled, unclear, or unintelligible
  • Difficulty to understand what they are told
  • Difficulty or failure to respond to speech
  • Sitting very close to the TV or increasing the volume to very loud levels.
  • Not reacting to sudden loud sounds around them.

If you notice that your child has any of these issues or is delayed in reaching any milestones, we recommend that your child has a hearing test.

Our audiologists are able to provide pediatric hearing care for children aged as young as 4 years old. If you require assistance for your newborn, infant or toddler we recommend you contact audiologist certified to treat that young, at a hospital?.

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