Hearing loss signs and symptoms

Are you experiencing hearing difficulties?

Is it getting harder to hear what people are saying to you in crowded rooms with lots of background noise? Can you hear the phone ring? Do you often miss calls? You might be experiencing hearing loss. But it’s okay. Hearing loss is more common than you might think.

Did you know that 3.5 million Australian adults are affected? And as we get older, the incidence of hearing loss continues to increase, particularly if you are over the age of 50. 

Hearing loss is very personal. You may start to feel that you are missing out on conversations. Or perhaps you already feel left out. But the good news is there are so many ways you can improve your hearing health, especially if you start early.

How do I know I have a hearing problem?

If you find yourself in one or more of the following statements you might be suffering from hearing loss:
  • It sounds like people are mumbling when they're talking to me
  • I ask people to repeat themselves, even when it’s quiet
  • I get tired from concentrating to understand what people are saying
  • I have difficulty hearing in restaurants when there is a lot of background noise
  • I find it difficult to work out what direction sound is coming from
  • I find it harder to hear female or children’s voices
  • I find it difficult to hear from a distance in a quieter environment
  • I need the TV up louder than others
  • People tell me I speak loudly
  • I feel I need to lean in when I'm talking to somebody
  • I have a family history of hearing loss
  • I have a history of exposure to noise in my workplace
  • I have a constant ringing in my ears
  • I take medication that can harm my hearing? (ototoxic drugs)

If you answer yes to at least two of these questions, you might have hearing loss. It’s okay. You’re not alone. Help is available. It takes an average of seven years for someone with hearing difficulties to seek help. Take an online hearing test now or book an appointment today and you will be on your way to better hearing.

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