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First signs of hearing loss!

Updated: Jan 31, 2023

The first signs of hearing loss can be subtle and emerge slowly, or can be significant and come about suddenly. Being aware of the early signs of hearing loss can help identify any problems you may be experiencing.

There are different types of hearing loss with differing degrees of severity, but you may have a hearing loss even if you experience one or more of the below hearing loss signs.:

  • You can hear people speaking but you have difficulty understanding what they are saying

  • You frequently have to ask people to repeat what they have said

  • You have difficulty working out where sounds are coming from

  • You understand more of what is being said if you are looking at the person speaking to you

  • Friends and family have noticed that you have the TV or radio turned up too high

  • You cannot hear clearly with lots of background noise, example, Noisy places like a busy restaurant

  • You strain to hear at a distance such as in a theatre or any religious place.

  • You complain that others are mumbling

  • You feel left out of conversations

  • You do not hear the doorbell or telephone

  • You miss jokes because you didn't hear all of what was being said

  • You have difficulty hearing children's voices

  • You can no longer hear soft sounds such as birds singing

  • You have a history of exposure to loud noise, e.g. working in the construction industry

  • You need to ask colleagues about the details of a meeting or presentation you attended

Changes in your hearing next steps:

We highly recommend that if you’ve noticed changes in your hearing that are affecting your day to day life, arranging a free hearing test at one of our local stores will help you understand the health of your ears.

We would recommend that you take a free hearing test if:

  • You are experiencing any of the hearing loss signs listed above

  • You’ve noticed you can't hear as well as you used to

  • You're over 50 and have never had a hearing test

  • It's more than a year since your last hearing test

  • You have a hearing aid but you don't use it

  • Family and friends tell you they are worried about your hearing

  • You have a family history of hearing loss

  • You have a history of exposure to loud noise, such as working in the construction or entertainment industry

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