Hearing Loss

Symptoms of Hearing Loss

  • Finding it hard to hear people talk when there is background noise
  • Finding it hard to hear on the telephone
  • Misunderstanding what people are saying
  • Thinking that people are mumbling when they are actually speaking clearly
  • Often asking people to repeat themselves
  • Hissing, roaring or ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
  • Finding it hard to hear the television or radio at normal volumes
  • Tiredness and irritation caused by trying to hear
  • Dizziness or problems with balance

Causes of Hearing Loss

Hearing loss can be hereditary or it can happen due to disease, trauma, or long-term exposure to loud noises or certain types of medications.

Hearing loss can range from mild to a total loss of hearing. Hearing loss often limits the quality of life. It makes it harder for you to talk to others and can cause you and others additional stress.