symptoms-audDo you or someone you know have a hearing loss? Not sure what to look for?

Signs and symptoms of hearing loss may include:

  • Muffling of speech and other sounds

  • Difficulty understanding words, especially against background noise or in a crowd of people

  • 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

When to see a doctor

  • If you have a sudden loss of hearing, particularly in one ear, seek immediate medical attention.
  • Talk to your doctor if difficulty hearing is interfering with your daily life. Your hearing may have deteriorated if:
  • You find that it’s harder to understand everything that’s said in conversation, especially when there’s background noise
  • Sounds seem muffled
  • You find yourself having to turn the volume higher when you listen to music, the radio or television

You can take this “5 Minute Hearing Test” to see if you might have a hearing loss: