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Signs of Hearing Loss

Recognizing the Signs of Hearing Loss

If you think someone you know might have a hearing loss, take a look at this list of common signs. Do any of the following sound familiar?

  • They appear to hear people talk but have difficulty understanding some of the words
  • They’re constantly asking people to repeat themselves
  • They have a hard time understanding women and children’s voices
  • They have a hard time understanding in a crowd
  • It’s hard for them to understand on the phone
  • They favor one ear over the other
  • They complain of a ringing sensation in one or both ears
  • They often appear uncomfortable in social occasions they used to enjoy
  • They seem withdrawn, depressed or irritable
  • Other friends or family members have noticed their difficulty hearing

While a few “yes” answers don't automatically indicate a hearing loss, it does suggest the need for further evaluation.

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