Signs of Hearing Loss

Adults: You might have a hearing loss if you:


  • Require frequent repetition
  • Have difficulty following conversations involving more than 2 people
  • Think that other people are mumbling or sound muffled
  • Have difficulty hearing in noisy situations, like restaurants
  • Have trouble hearing & understanding women and children
  • Have your TV turned up louder than others like to listen to it
  • Answer or respond inappropriately in conversations
  • Have ringing in your ears (Tinnitus)
  • Read lips or intently watch people’s faces when they are speaking


  • Feel stressed out from straining to hear what others are saying
  • Feel annoyed at other people because you can’t hear or understand them
  • Feel embarrassed from misunderstanding what others are saying
  • Feel nervous about trying to hear and understand
  • Withdraw from social situations that you once enjoyed because of difficulty hearing


  • Have a family history of hearing loss
  • Take medications that can harm the hearing system (ototoxic drugs)
  • Have diabetes, heart, circulation or thyroid problems
  • Have been exposed to very loud sounds over a period of time or a single exposure to explosive noise

Source: Better Hearing Institue (