• Signs and Symptoms of Hearing Loss

    Posted on September 29, 2011 by in Detection, Hearing Loss

    Hearing loss can be either sudden or gradual, depending on the cause. Some people lose hearing due to infection, overexposure to loud noise, or injury, while others might notice their hearing declining due to age or as a result of certain disease processes. It is important to understand the signs and symptoms of auditory impairment in order to know when to involve a medical professional. There are several ways for a clinician to test auditory functioning, but how could you tell if you or one of your loved ones was beginning to lose the capacity to hear?

    Symptoms by definition are experienced by the patient, while signs are noticed from an outside perspective. Some symptoms that you may experience secondary to a loss of hearing include:

    • The necessity to turn up the volume on the radio or television
    • Frequent requests in conversation for repetition
    • Muffling of voices and sounds
    • Difficulty being able to extract conversation from background noise
    • Avoidance of certain situations, or social isolation
    • Tendency to stare at people’s mouths while they’re speaking
    • Fatigue at the end of the day related to straining to hear
    • Missing bits of information, for example: the punch line to a joke

    Some signs that your loved one may have a decrease in auditory function include:

    • Requests in conversation for frequent repetition
    • Lack of response to questions, when not asked face to face
    • The ability to sleep through loud noise
    • Higher than average volume on the television or radio

    Once the decline in auditory function has begun to hamper your daily life it is time to call your doctor. While hearing loss can be experienced very differently from person to person, based on age or type of auditory disability; there are more options for treatment now than there have ever been.