Hearing loss symptoms

Not sure if you have a hearing loss?

Here are all the hearing loss symptoms you should look out for.

What we’ll cover:

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“Do you often ask other people to repeat themselves?”

Contents

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Hearing loss symptoms and early indicators

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When to start looking out for hearing loss symptoms

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Hearing loss symptoms and early indicators

Not quite sure if you have a hearing loss?

Don’t worry. We’ll go through all the different hearing loss symptoms and early indicators you should be aware of.

After that, we’ll take a look at sudden hearing loss symptoms.

The checklist

Hearing loss often happens over time. You rarely wake up one morning with drastically reduced hearing. Instead, it slowly progresses over time.

Therefore it can often be difficult to identify the first hearing loss symptoms and early indications.

However, if a few of the hearing loss symptoms below seems familiar, then it’s a good idea to get yourself checked.

  • Do you often ask other people to repeat themselves?
  • Does it sometimes sound like people are mumbling around you?
  • Do you sometimes struggle to catch all the details in a conversation?
  • Are you leaning into conversations more often than you used to?
  • Do the factors above become even more significant in crowded spaces with background noise such as restaurants or bars?
  • Does your family comment on how much you’ve turned up the TV?
  • Do you have a hard time determining the direction of sounds and noises?
  • Has it become more difficult to understand speech over the phone?
  • Have you begun talking more loudly to a point where people ask you to turn it down a notch?
  • Does your family have a history of hearing loss?
  • Do high volumes influence your workplace or spare time activities?
  • Have you avoided social settings to use less energy on socializing?
  • Have you experienced a constant ringing to the ears?

Any matches?

Are you checking two or more of these on your list? If so, we recommend that you take control of your hearing and contact a hearing specialist.

A hearing specialist can test your hearing and help you figure out if you have a hearing loss.

It’s essential to catch a potential hearing loss fast. The consequences become less drastic, and you get to exploit all the extra side benefits of improved hearing early on.

Sudden hearing loss symptoms

While the hearing loss symptoms on the checklist above happen over time, an estimated 10% of adults in the US have experienced sudden hearing loss.

What is a sudden hearing loss?

A sudden hearing loss is just what it sounds like. It’s a hearing loss that happens very quickly and seems to appear out of thin air within days or even hours.

What are the sudden hearing loss symptoms?

Different things can cause sudden hearing loss, and therefore the symptoms vary.

So we’ve split the list into two based on the causes.

1. Blockage in the ear canal

Do you experience the same symptoms as on the checklist mentioned above but within days or hours?

If so, it’s most commonly due to earwax blocking the ear canal and prevents sounds from coming in.

However, this can also be the result of head trauma. For example, as a consequence of an accident involving someone hitting their head to a certain extent, leaving them unable to hear.

In both cases, the inner ear works fine, but the issues lie in the middle or outer ear.

2. Damage to the inner ear's nerveways

In other less common cases, the symptoms are quite different but share the same quick timeframe and can include: 

  • Balance problems
  • Dizziness
  • Tinnitus and ringing in one ear
  • A conversation becoming muffled and much difficult to follow than usual
  • Inability to hear well in a crowded room
This occurs when there is damage to the inner ear’s nerveways, where the ear communicates to the brain.

What should you do if you experience a sudden hearing loss?

Firstly, if you suspect that your sudden hearing loss is caused by earwax, we recommend that you try and remove it. If that doesn’t help to an extent where you get your hearing back to normal, we recommend seeing a hearing specialist.

Secondly, if you think your sudden hearing loss is caused by anything else, we recommend that you see your hearing specialist at the earliest possible time. The quicker the reaction, the higher the possibility of saving your hearing.

As such, this goes across all of the different types of hearing loss. The faster the response, the better the odds of reducing the damage to your hearing.

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When to start looking out for hearing loss symptoms

Alright, so maybe you nod your head to a few of the symptoms on the checklist above.

But when should you and your family members begin to look out for hearing loss symptoms for one another?

Everybody can have a hearing loss

So when should you start to look out for hearing loss for both you and your family members?

The answer is always. There is no exact date or age where you should look out for a hearing loss.

It’s a serious misconception that it’s only the older generation that can get a hearing loss. So let’s be very clear. Everybody from baby to senior citizen can get a hearing loss.

Age is only one of several factors. Therefore, you should not only look after hearing loss when you get older. For example, both exposure to loud noises (maybe from listening to high music on your earphones) and genetics (if your parents or grandparents have a bad hearing) can be a factor.

Due to the many factors that can reduce your hearing, it’s crucial to keep a keen eye on the hearing loss symptoms all of your life.

Don't wait around. Get checked out

Perhaps it starts with not keeping up with conversations around you, turning up the volume slightly higher on the TV. Hey, maybe you even need a new set of earphones as the old ones are not blasting out your favorite music as they used to.

It happens slowly, but you become more and more isolated from the outside world. As a result, you should never wait around until it becomes obvious.

If you have the slightest concern, get it checked out by a hearing specialist. You should also do regular check-ups routinely to avoid any surprises down the line.

Therefore we recommend that you don’t wait around and that you talk with a hearing specialist. They can give you the right hearing tests and consultations to figure out if you have a hearing loss and, if you do, how to treat it.