What are the Signs of Hearing Loss?
Hearing loss is very common, especially among people over 50. Around 3.5 million Australian adults currently experience some symptoms. You may be feeling embarrassed because you cannot hear conversations properly. Maybe you’re worried you’re antagonising friends by asking them to repeat themselves all the time. Or perhaps you can hear buzzing or ringing in your ears. The good news is there are many ways you can improve your hearing.
As a first step, take our online hearing test or take the online test to assess whether a friend or family member has hearing loss.
Early signs of hearing loss
You may not be able to hear people talking around you clearly. They may seem to be speaking too quietly or you may not be able to make out certain words and phrases. Understanding other people’s speech against background noise or in crowds may be hard. You may have trouble working out who’s speaking to you when it’s noisy. The effort of trying to understand may be making you feel tired, frustrated, lonely or depressed. If you believe you may be experiencing signs of hearing loss, we can help.
More signs of hearing loss
1. Other people complain noise you’re making is too loud
Whether you’re watching TV, listening to music or talking on the phone, you think the noise level is normal until other people tell you it’s too loud.
2. You can’t understand other people
You cannot hear someone properly when they are speaking to you, even though everyone else can understand them perfectly. You find you are asking people to repeat what they have said a lot.
3. You can’t hear the phone ring
You miss calls because you cannot hear the phone ring.
4. Your family or friends say you might have hearing loss
Identifying hearing problems is not easy, and your family and friends may notice changes in your behaviour before you do.