Whether you have noise-induced hearing loss, progressive hearing loss from aging, or some other type of hearing loss that occurs over time, the symptoms largely look the same. If you're experiencing one or more of these hearing loss symptoms, it may be time for a hearing test.
- Muffling of speech and other sounds
- Trouble hearing certain consonants
- Frequently asking others to repeat, speak up or speak more slowly
- Exhaustion or headaches from straining to hear
- Difficulty understanding words, especially in crowded settings or against background noise
- Difficulty hearing women, children, or high-pitched sounds
- Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
If several of these early signs and symptoms of hearing loss sound familiar, you may have hearing loss. It’s okay—you’re not alone. The first step you should take is to have your hearing checked by a hearing care provider. They'll help determine the degree of hearing loss if any, and whether hearing aids could help.