Hearing loss is an issue that most people don’t know they’re experiencing it until too late — and even then, they may assume that it’s a temporary problem.

Helping Your Loved Ones

If no single significant event occurred that may have caused a sudden change in hearing ability, it’s typically a slow decline.

These are among the most common signs that someone you know might have a hearing loss:

  • Asking people to repeat themselves often
  • Difficulty following conversations that involve more than two people
  • Thinking that others are mumbling or speaking quietly
  • Difficulty hearing speech in noisy situations
  • People commenting about how loud your TV or radio is
  • Inappropriate responses during conversation
  • Stress from straining to hear what others are saying
  • Withdrawing from enjoyable social situations more often
  • Family history of hearing loss
  • Taking medications that can harm the hearing system
  • Diabetes, heart, circulation, or thyroid problems
  • History of exposure to loud sounds at work or leisure

Family history of hearing loss

Family history of hearing loss

Loud noise exposure at work

History of exposure to loud sounds at work

TV volume turned too high

People commenting about TV noise

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