Most hearing loss occurs gradually, so the symptoms are often difficult to recognise. Individuals might begin turning up the volume on the TV or asking others to repeat themselves. When our hearing starts to fade, we tend to forget how things actually sound. We start to live in a quieter world, unaware that we are missing the sounds of everyday life, like the patter of rain or birdsong.
If you, or someone you know, is experiencing one or more of the following problems, it may be the time to consider having your hearing assessed.
- People seem to be mumbling
- People seem to be mumblingYou have to strain to hear when someone talks or whispers
- You have difficulty hearing someone call from behind or in another room
- You need to watch a speaker’s lips more closely to follow conversation
- Following a conversation is difficult when you are in a group of people
- You have to turn up the volume on the TV or radio
- You have problems hearing clearly on the telephone
- You have difficulty hearing at the theatre, cinema or other venues
- You find it hard to hear in noisy restaurants or in the car
- You have begun to limit your social activities due to difficulty hearing
- Family or friends mention that they often have to repeat themselves