Hearing loss can occur over a long period of time. This makes it hard for people to identify it in themselves. Usually friends or family members will be the first to notice a person’s diminished ability to hear. Early intervention is the best way to manage a hearing loss. If you experience any of the hearing loss symptoms below personally or recognise them in a loved one, we recommend chatting to a specialist.
Hearing loss symptoms may include:
• Difficulty understanding words, especially in a crowd of people or noisy places.
• Frequently asking people to speak more slowly, clearly and loudly.
• Listening to the television or radio at a louder volume that previously or at a louder volume than friends and family.
• Difficulty following conversations with more than two people.
• A ringing in one or both ears.
• Reading lips or watching people’s faces intently when they talk to you.
Hearing loss can also affect people emotionally. Communication is a big part of how human beings connect with one another. When people struggle to communicate it can lead to relationship breakdowns, social isolation and depression.
Emotional symptoms of hearing loss include:
• Feeling stressed out from straining to hear what others are saying.
• Becoming angry or annoyed because you can’t understand what a person is saying.
• Feeling embarrassed to speak with people in case you misunderstand them.
• Withdrawing for social situations you once enjoyed because of difficulty hearing.
Hearing loss is not something you have to put up with.
If you have any of the hearing loss symptoms make sure you get it treated as soon as possible to prevent it from becoming worse.
Health & Hearing offers free hearing assessments for Brisbane residents. Find a location near you.