Signs of Hearing Loss

Hearing loss can reveal itself through a variety of physical, behavioural and emotional signs and symptoms. Recognizing these signs is the first step to getting the treatment you need, and improving your quality of life.

Mental + Emotional

  • You feel stressed out from straining to hear when others talk to you
  • You feel annoyed at other people because you can't understand them
  • You feel anxious about meeting new people for fear of not understanding them
  • The idea of trying to communicate in social situations makes you nervous
  • You've started  to withdraw from social situations that you once enjoyed

Social + Behavioural

  • You frequent require repetition.
  • You struggle to follow conversations with more than 2 people
  • You have difficulty hearing in situations with lots of ambient noise, like restaurants or parties
  • You have trouble hearing women or kids
  • You find yourself trying to read people's lips when they speak
  • Your TV or radio is turned up to an unusually high volume

Physical + Medical

  • Your family has a history of hearing loss
  • You take medications that can affect hearing
  • You have diabetes, heart, circulation or thyroid problems
  • You have been exposed to loud sounds over a long period
  • Voices and sounds are generally muffled
  • You experience ringing in your ears
  • Consonant sounds like "ess" or "eff" are difficult to hear

How can I find out if I have hearing loss?

If, after reading through the list of signs above, you think you may have hearing loss, the next step is to confirm your suspicions, or put them to rest! Follow the steps below to determine whether or not you have hearing loss.

Take our Online Hearing Quiz.

Our online hearing test will allow you to learn more about your hearing needs in the comfort of your own home. It's easy to set up, and quick!

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Talk to your friends and family.

Chances are good that if you have hearing loss, your friends and family members have noticed that something is amiss. While they may not have realized the problem is hearing loss, they may have noticed some changes in your social behaviours.

Ask your family and friends if they have noticed that you seem more distant, distracted or even annoyed in conversation than you once were. If they say yes, it may be a sign that hearing loss is affecting your relationships, and that you should be tested!

Make an appointment with Nicole Clark. 

The only way to get a positive diagnosis for hearing loss is to be assessed by an audiologist. Audiologist Nicole Clark at the Oakville Hearing will perform a hearing test to determine not only whether you are experiencing hearing loss, but also the type of hearing loss and its degree.

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