How to spot the signs of hearing loss

Hearing loss tends to be a gradual process

Hearing loss tends to be a gradual process - Credit: Archant

As hearing loss tends to be a gradual process, it’s not unusual for people to miss the initial signs of it. Often, even when people notice these signs, they can attribute them to other things (“people mumble too much!”) and put off getting their hearing checked – the average person can take up to ten years before they decide to address their hearing loss. Here are some signs that would indicate you’re experiencing hearing loss...

You may notice that those around have begun to raise their voices

You may notice that those around have begun to raise their voices - Credit: Archant

Friends and family

If you're experiencing hearing loss, you may notice that those around have begun to raise their voices. They may not even be aware they're doing it, but have naturally adjusted their volume so you can hear them.

You may also feel that those around you are mumbling. This is because a hearing loss can begin to affect your ability to distinguish certain sounds, making it more difficult to understand speech. Another more obvious indication you may be experiencing hearing loss is that friends or family may tell you, pointing out that they are constantly having to repeat themselves.

Low light, noisy environments

When you're struggling to hear, it's likely you'll find yourself watching a person's face in order to read their lips and facial expressions, especially in environments with lots of background noise, such as a busy restaurant. When the room is poorly lit, you may struggle even further to define what the person is saying.

Turning up the volume

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Do you find yourself always turning up the volume on your television or radio? If others are complaining that you have your devices turned up too loud, it may be time to get your hearing checked.

Social isolation

If you're experiencing hearing loss, you might start to withdraw yourself from social situations. If you're struggling to hear in noisy environments, it can make you feel isolated and even lead to mental health issues such as anxiety or depression.

Book a free hearing assessment

Not addressing your hearing loss can cause it to worsen. With the assistance of hearing aids, your hearing loss can be relieved and give you greater freedom in life. Regular hearing assessments are important to monitor your hearing and spot hearing loss as early as possible.

If you're worried about your hearing, you can call the team at The Hearing Care Partnership on 0800 52 00 546 to book a free hearing assessment with one of their expert audiologists. Alternatively, you can book an appointment online today.

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