Symptoms of Hearing Loss
Though hearing loss has several causes, the symptoms of hearing loss are basically the same.
Do you have hearing loss?
These are some questions to ask to see if you may have a hearing impairment:
- Do people always comment that the volume on your TV or radio is too loud?
- Have you missed visits and calls from people because you didn't hear the doorbell or telephone ringing?
- Do you have trouble following conversations in crowded or noisy settings?
- Do people seem to mumble and not speak clearly during conversation?
- Do people tell you that you speak too loudly?
- Do you frequently ask people to repeat themselves?
- Do your friends and family suggest that you have a hearing problem?
- Do you have a difficult time understanding the words of popular songs when listening to the radio?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may have some degree of hearing loss and you should get your hearing tested by a hearing care professional.
Symptoms of hearing loss in children.
If you think your child might have a hearing problem, answering these questions will help:
- Are your child's language skills delayed or not age appropriate? (If you are not sure, please refer to the age-related acoustic behavior table).
- Does your child have trouble understanding speech correctly?
- Does your child behave unresponsively to loud sounds or sleep throught them?
- Does your child have difficulties imitating sounds?
- Is your child unable to locate where a sound is coming from?
- Do you feel that your child withdraws in group settings?
Has your child had frequent ear infections?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, there is a chance that your child may havew some degree of hearing loss.
Have a hearing test conducted by a hearing care professional even if this test does not indicate a hearing deficiency in your child, but you still have doubts. It is important to address your child's potential hearing loss quickly to avoid difficulties in language acquisition and learning. The earlier it is diagnosed, the earlier appropriate intervention measures can be taken.