Signs and symptoms of hearing loss may include:

  • Muffling of speech and other sounds
  • Difficulty understanding words, especially against background noise or in a crowd of people
  • Trouble hearing consonants
  • Frequently asking others to speak more slowly, clearly and loudly
  • Needing to turn up the volume of the television or radio
  • Withdrawal from conversations
  • Avoidance of some social settings

When to see a doctor

Talk to your doctor if difficulty hearing is interfering with your daily life. Your hearing may have deteriorated if:

  • You find that it's harder to understand everything that's said in conversation, especially when there's background noise
  • Sounds seem muffled
  • You find yourself having to turn the volume higher when you listen to music, the radio or television
Sept. 05, 2014