Signs of Hearing Loss

The most common causes of hearing loss, age-related and noise-induced hearing loss, usually cause slow decline over several years. Often, it’s noticed by a family member or someone close to you before you’re aware of it.

A few signs of hearing loss you should pay attention to include:

  • Often asking people to repeat themselves, or hearing words incorrectly
  • Feeling like people mumble all the time
  • Trouble hearing in groups or noisy environments (even if you have no problem in a quiet room)
  • Not understanding speech if you can’t see the speaker’s face (e.g. when people talk from another room, behind you, or while wearing a mask)
  • Feeling exhausted or frustrated after socialising or listening for long periods
  • Avoiding social situations because you feel like you can’t join in
  • Bluffing / pretending to follow conversation or instructions
  • Feeling like you need a support person at appointments to remember important details
  • Having a “better ear”
  • Family complain that your preferred TV or radio volume is loud
  • Missing alerts like your phone ringing, the doorbell, or alarms
  • Tinnitus (noise or ringing in your head or ears)

Recognising and treating hearing loss early can drastically reduce its impact on your wellbeing and that of those closest to you.

Many people dismiss these struggles and often wait years before seeking help. If you’re experiencing any of these signs, getting your hearing assessed is a simple way to learn more about your hearing problem and what can be done to help. Earlier intervention is always better.

Have you noticed any of these signs?

Try taking our Online Hearing Screener or go to Hearing Assessment to learn more about taking the next step.

Alternatively, contact us for an obligation-free chat.