There are so many potential signs of hearing loss. But many people miss them because they don’t just suddenly arrive overnight. Due to the nature of hearing loss, you’ll find that the symptoms creep up very slowly over time, making them less noticeable.

If you’re unsure of what the main symptoms of hearing loss are and which ones you should be looking out for, this guide will tell you everything you need to know. Each of the symptoms we’re about to discuss is very commonly associated with hearing loss.

Uneven Hearing Quality

If you’re beginning to notice that one ear seems to be performing worse than the other, it’s important to keep an eye on that because it could be a sign that you’re experiencing hearing loss. It’s possible that one ear will deteriorate faster than the other, or a problem will develop in one here but not the other. 

Speech Is Often Unclear

Hearing loss is not just manifested as an inability to hear. It can also present itself as a lack of clarity. Maybe you can hear what someone is saying but you can’t pick out every detail and it often comes across as muddled and lacking clarity; again, this could be a sign of hearing loss and shouldn’t be ignored if it persists.

Other People Are Noticing Changes

Sometimes, you’ll find that the people around you will notice changes before you do. It’s not uncommon for that to happen, especially when the progress of your symptoms is slow and gradual. Changes to your hearing as a result of hearing loss never occur overnight; it’s a slow process that’ll take place often over the course of years. That means you’re often not best-placed to notice the changes that are taking place with regards to your hearing.

You Struggle in Busy and Loud Environments

People with hearing loss tend to struggle with communication most when the environment is busy and there’s lots of background noise to filter out. When you have hearing loss, that process of filtering our background noise is a lot more difficult than it would otherwise be. If you’re struggling in those kinds of situations, it could be because of hearing loss.

You’re Always Having to Turn Up the Volume

Whether it’s your phone, the TV or the radio, if you’re noticing yourself always having to turn the volume up so you can hear what’s happening, that might suggest you’re experiencing hearing loss. It’s often these small day to day things that are easiest to notice and pick up on, both for you and the people you live with and spend the most time around.

If you’ve been noticing any of the symptoms above and you think you might be experiencing hearing loss, it’s a good idea to get in touch with your audiologist and get tested. There are plenty of treatment options, including the latest hearing aid technology. All of that can be explored when your audiologist has a clear picture of your hearing health.