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Hearing Loss Signs and Symptoms

Hearing loss may occur gradually over many years or suddenly and its duration can vary. When hearing decreases gradually over many years, often the signs and symptoms of hearing loss are subtle, and many patients do not seek help for hearing loss for several years.

Hearing loss can affect an individual socially and emotionally. It can make communication with family and friends difficult. When untreated, it can lead to stress from straining to hear, embarrassment from misunderstanding others, and eventually withdrawal and isolation.

Signs and symptoms of hearing loss include:

  • Increasing the volume of the radio or television
  • Difficulty understanding others in the presence of background noise
  • Frequently asking others to repeat what they said
  • People sound like they are mumbling
  • Avoidance of social situations

If you feel that you or a loved one are impacted by hearing loss, complete the following checklists to explore what effects the loss is having on your quality of life.

Checklist of Hearing Loss Symptoms

Checklist of Difficult Listening Environments

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