Signs of Hearing Loss

The signs of hearing loss usually emerge slowly over time. Many times others will notice that you are having trouble hearing before you notice yourself. There are common indications of hearing loss.

You may notice a number of early warning signs, and changes in behavior that could be related to hearing loss.

  • Complain that people are mumbling
  • Frequently ask people to repeat what they have said
  • Prefer the television or radio louder than other others prefer
  • Have trouble understanding what is being said at public gatherings
  • Have difficulties understand group conversations
  • Strain to hear conversations
  • Require frequent repetition
  • Have difficulty following conversations involving more than two people
  • Think that other people sound muffled or like they’re mumbling
  • Have difficulty hearing in noisy situations such as conferences, restaurants, malls or crowded meeting rooms
  • Have trouble hearing children and women
  • Have your TV or radio turned up to a high volume
  • Answer or respond inappropriately in conversations
  • Read lips or watch people’s faces more intently when they speak with you
  • Feel stressed out from straining to hear what others are saying
  • Feel annoyed at other people because you can’t hear or understand them
  • Feel embarrassed to meet new people or from misunderstanding what others are saying
  • Feel nervous about trying to hear and understand
  • Withdraw from social situations that you once enjoyed because of difficulty hearing
  • Have a family history of hearing loss
  • Take medications, also known as ototoxic drugs, which can harm the hearing system
  • Have a medical condition like diabetes, or heart, thyroid or circulation problems
  • Have been exposed to very loud sounds over a long period of time or a single exposure to explosive noise(s)
  • Have ringing in your ears

Answer the following questions, and if you answer “yes” to any of the questions, you should consider a hearing screening with one of our hearing care professionals. Please feel free to print this checklist out, and bring it with you to your next appointment.


How do you measure hearing loss?

The degree of hearing loss is classified by the severity, measured in degrees. Ready to learn more?