Common signs of hearing loss include having difficulty keeping up with conversations, needing those around you to repeat themselves, or perhaps hearing buzzing or ringing in your ears. The good news is there are many ways you can improve your hearing. As a first step, take our online hearing test to assess whether a friend or family member has hearing loss.
Early Signs of Hearing Loss
You may not be able to hear people talking around you clearly. They may seem to be speaking too quietly or you may not be able to make out certain words and phrases. Understanding other people’s speech against background noise or in crowds may be hard.
You also may have trouble working out who’s speaking to you when it’s noisy. The effort of trying to understand may be making you feel tired or frustrated. If you believe you may be experiencing signs of hearing loss, we can help.
Hearing loss symptoms
Hyperacusis is caused by the brain compensating for reduced hearing by amplifying signals coming from the ears. You may feel uncomfortable or even experience pain when hearing certain volumes and frequencies of sound, or it may feel as if all sounds are sometimes far too loud.
Tinnitus can be caused by tiny sensory hair cells in the inner ear becoming damaged. You may notice a ringing or buzzing in your ears when there is no external sound that could cause this noise.
You could be suffering one of or both these symptoms. They are unpleasant, but don’t worry, counselling and hearing aids can help manage tinnitus for many people.
As a first step, book a free hearing check today. Once we have assessed your hearing, we can recommend strategies to help manage your symptoms.
Are you concerned your friend or family member may be experiencing hearing loss?
It can be hard for someone experiencing hearing loss to know they have a problem. On average, it takes seven years for someone with hearing difficulties to seek help. As a result, you may notice symptoms and changes in the behaviour of loved ones before they do.
If you do need advice on starting a conversation about hearing loss, you can download our hearing loss conversation guide below.