How Do I Know If I Have Hearing Loss?

Symptoms of Hearing Loss:

  • Ringing, buzzing or whistling in the ears (tinnitus)
  • Difficulty hearing after a few hours of exposure
  • A gradual loss of clarity in speech perception
  • Ear pain
  • Hypersensitivity to loud sounds

The following questions will help you determine if you have hearing loss:

  • Do you frequently ask people to repeat themselves?
  • Do you have difficulty understanding in the presence of noise?
  • Do others complain that television volume is too high?
  • Do you have ringing (tinnitus) in the ear?
  • Have other people told you that you don’t hear well?
  • Do you have difficulty understanding women or children?

If you have answered “yes” to any of these questions, you should have your hearing tested by an audiologist.
The most common condition causing hearing loss in adults is (presbycusis) a gradual, age-related reduction in the ability to hear specific sounds. The second most common condition is noise-induced hearing loss that is caused by prolonged exposure to extremely loud noises. Both presbycusis and noise-induced hearing loss result in what is called sensorineural hearing loss, which occurs when the inner ear is damaged either by aging or hazardous noises. The major causes of hearing loss in children are ear infections, birth defects, illness and injury.

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