Hearing loss is often detected by people other than those actually suffering from the hearing impairment. This is especially true for seniors or younger children; both of whom may not realize it is occurring or who can’t effectively communicate that the problem exists.

It is important in these situations that family and friends recognize the symptoms of hearing loss so that evaluation and treatment can be initiated.

Signs or Symptoms of Hearing Loss

  • Don’t appear to understand what is being said when they are spoken to
  • Background noise makes it difficult or impossible for a person to hear
  • People are often asked to repeat themselves
  • Difficulty hearing high-pitched sounds, such as bells, birds, whistles, or young children
  • Avoidance of situations where people fear they won’t hear clearly or be able to hold a conversation

Possible Causes of Hearing Loss

  • Aging (Presbycusis)
  • Exposure to loud noises
  • Infections (Otitis media)
  • Injury to the head, or directly to the ear
  • Birth defects and genetic traits, such as otosclerosis
  • Ototoxic reaction to drugs, such as antibiotics
  • Ototoxic reaction to cancer treatment, such as radiation and chemotherapy

Book a Consultation with K & H Audiology if you believe a family member or acquaintance is experiencing signs of hearing loss.