Signs of Hearing Loss

The Better Hearing Institute is an educational website with the goal of informing the public about hearing loss. Untreated hearing loss can have serious effects on social, emotional, and physical health. According to the Better Hearing Institute, some of the effects of untreated hearing loss are as follows:

• Irritability, negativity, and anger
• Fatigue, tension, stress, and depression
• Avoidance or withdrawal from social situations
• Social rejection and loneliness
• Reduced alertness and increased risk to personal safety
• Impaired memory and ability to learn new tasks
• Reduced job performance and earning power
• Diminished psychological and overall health

Hearing loss impacts people of all ages, so it is important to get tested if there are any symptoms of hearing difficulties. As detailed by the Better Hearing Institute, these are some signs and symptoms to watch out for:

• Require frequent repetition
• Have difficulty following conversations involving more than 2 people
• Think that other people sound muffled or like they’re mumbling
• Have difficulty hearing in noisy situations, like conferences, restaurants, malls, or crowded meeting rooms
• Have trouble hearing children and women
• Have your TV or radio turned up to a high volume
• Answer or respond inappropriately in conversations
• Have ringing in your ears
• Read lips or watch people’s faces more intently when they speak with you

• Feel stressed out from straining to hear what others are saying
• Feel annoyed at other people because you can’t hear or understand them
• Feel embarrassed to meet new people or from misunderstanding what others are saying
• Feel nervous about trying to hear and understand
• Withdraw from social situations that you once enjoyed because of difficulty hearing

• Have a family history of hearing loss
• Take medications that can harm the hearing system (ototoxic drugs)
• Have diabetes, heart, circulation, or thyroid problems
• Have been exposed to very loud sounds over a long period of time or single exposure to explosive noise

If you or someone you know are experiencing these symptoms, please contact us to book a hearing test at 1-800-232-7289

Alissa Horneland BC-HIS
Board Certified in Hearing Instrument Sciences
Registered Hearing Aid Practitioner


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