Signs of hearing loss

The first signs of hearing loss may not always be obvious.

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It’s often easier, and less stressful, to dismiss a hearing problem as a temporary ailment. Or as something we would rather learn to live with than find out more about.

It’s important to know that most hearing losses get worse over time. The earlier a problem is detected and treated, the greater your chances of preventing further hearing loss - and gaining the best possible results from the right hearing treatment.

If you answer "yes" to several of the following questions, it’s time to talk to your health professional:

  • Do you have difficulty hearing conversations, especially where there’s background noise?
  • Do you frequently ask people to repeat what they have said?
  • Do you misunderstand what people say?
  • Do you find it difficult to hear on the telephone?
  • Do you turn up the volume on the TV or radio louder than others in the room prefer?
  • Do you feel that people are mumbling when they talk?
  • Do you have difficulty hearing sounds of nature, such as birds chirping or rain falling?
  • Do you find yourself agreeing or nodding your head during conversations when you're not sure what's been said?
  • Do you remove yourself from conversations because it's too difficult to hear?
  • Do you read lips in order to understand what people are saying?
  • Do you find yourself straining to hear or keep up with conversations?
  • Do you experience tinnitus (a persistent ringing, buzzing or other sound)?


If you think you or your child have a hearing problem, please or a health professional.


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