- Muffled hearing.
- Have trouble hearing in groups
- Difficulty understanding what people are saying, especially in background noise.
- Fail to hear someone talking from behind you
- Listening to the television or radio at a higher volume than in the past.
- Have difficulty on the phone
- Have trouble hearing your alarm clock
- Have difficulty hearing at the movies
- Frequent requests for repetition, clarification, or to speak slowly.
- Tendency to need to stare at people when they are talking in order to make it easier to understand what they are saying.
- Fatigue at the end of the day from straining to hear.
- Avoidance of social situations because of difficulty following conversations in noisy environments.
- Tendency to bluff when not hearing someone because of the fear of asking them to repeat themselves
- Trouble hearing consonants
- Dread going to noisy parties and restaurants
Other symptoms that may occur with hearing loss include:
- Ringing, roaring, hissing, or buzzing in the ear (tinnitus).
People who have hearing loss are not always aware of it. Family members or friends often are the first to notice the hearing loss and in most cases don’t say anything until it starts to cause communication problems with them. Many adults may be depressed because of how hearing loss is affecting their relationships and social life.If you or a family member are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important to schedule an appointment with an audiologist for further testing.