Recognising Hearing Loss

Hearing loss can happen to anyone. Today one in six Australians have some degree of hearing loss. Here are some of the signs to watch for that might indicate that your loved one has a hearing loss:

  • They comment that people mumble 
  • Family and friends comment that the TV is too loud—and they are not just talking about the commercials
  • They have difficulty hearing friends or family on the telephone
  • Sometimes, those with hearing loss misunderstand what people are saying, causing some ideas, sentences or thoughts not to make sense, which can create confusion
  • They sometimes find it difficult to focus on and follow conversations
  • Are they tired or fatigue at the end of the day. This may be caused by the extra effort it takes to hear conversations 
  • They have difficulty following a conversation if two or more people are talking at once
  • They no longer enjoy eating out at restaurants because they're too noisy
  • They find it difficult to hear women’s and children’s voices


Remember, hearing loss often occurs gradually. It’s not unusual for people to accommodate and ignore these signs. If more than two or three of the following scenarios apply to you or someone you care about, it would be a good idea to get your hearing tested. Make every day count: book your free hearing test at your local National Hearing Care clinic.