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Signs and symptoms of hearing loss

How to recognise the signs of hearing loss and how to act on them.

6 early signs of hearing loss

The signs of hearing loss may develop slowly over time and may be difficult to notice.
Being aware of the signs can help you to be proactive in taking steps to improve your ability to hear.
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1. Difficulty following conversations
You have difficulty following group conversations (or when background noise is present)
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2. Phone conversations are unclear
You have trouble following phone conversations in quiet and noisy places
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3. People seem to be mumbling
You often ask people to repeat themselves or people sound like they are mumbling
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4. Difficulty locating sounds
You have difficulty locating where sounds are coming from
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5. Signs of tinnitus
You experience ringing or buzzing sounds in your ears (called tinnitus)
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6. Turning up the TV too loud
Your friends and family say you turn the television up too loud
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Do you think you have hearing loss?

Complete the steps below. Use the form below or quote the 'Audika' website when booking your appointment. All fields required.

Question 1 – Around the table
Do you have trouble following conversations, when there are 4 or more people present?
Have you received advice from your family or friends to get your hearing tested?
Do you ever struggle to understand what others are saying because you cannot hear properly?
Do you find yourself turning up the TV or radio even when the volume is loud enough for others?

Your Result:

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Your answers indicate that you experience symptoms of hearing loss. We strongly recommend booking a hearing test in one of our clinics.

The result is an indication. An in-person hearing test can determine if you have a hearing loss.



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Your Result:

A hearing test seems relevant for you

Your answers indicate that you experience some symptoms of hearing loss. We recommend booking a hearing test in one of our clinics.

The result is an indication. An in-person hearing test can determine if you have a hearing loss.



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Your Result:

It cannot be determined here if a hearing test is relevant for you

Your answers do not indicate that you experience symptoms of hearing loss. However, if you experience trouble hearing, we recommend booking a hearing test in one of our clinics.

The result is an indication. An in-person hearing test can determine if you have a hearing loss.




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Pay attention to early symptoms of hearing loss

Since hearing loss occurs gradually, it may be difficult to notice when your hearing begins to decline. In many cases, friends and family may notice it before you do. 

We recommend that you educate yourself about the signs and symptoms of hearing loss so that you can seek advice on what hearing solutions may be available to you, if needed.  When you visit a local Audika clinic for a full hearing test appointment, a hearing care expert will identify your level of hearing ability and provide recommendations on hearing aid solutions, if a hearing loss is detected. 

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Early recognition may improve your quality of life

The impact of hearing loss can increase over time if left unaddressed. It is therefore important to seek help as soon as you recognise any early signs of hearing loss. Doing so will help reduce the risk of experiencing the consequences of unaddressed hearing loss, such as:

  • Experiencing increased mental strain
  • Feeling left out or unable to hear in social environments
  • Feelings of isolation or depression
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Types of hearing loss: Signs and symptoms

The most common type of hearing loss is called sensorineural hearing loss, and it is mainly caused by the natural aging process and / or extensive exposure to loud sounds. It is important to understand the difference between sensorineural hearing loss and other types of hearing loss in order understand the best management options available.

Signs of sensorineural hearing loss
Signs of conductive hearing loss Signs of sudden hearing loss
Difficulty following conversations involving more than two people Speech and other sounds seem distant or muffled Unexplained rapid loss of hearing
Difficulty following conversation when there’s background noise Pain, pressure in or discharge from the ear Loss of hearing all at once or over a couple of days
Difficulty understanding phone conversations A feeling of “fullness” It is almost always experienced in one ear only
Sounds seem unclear or people sound like they are mumbling Decrease in the volume of the sounds (but the sounds are not distorted) It can go away by itself, or sometimes be reversed or improved by prompt medical treatment
Difficulty hearing high-pitched sounds   Vertigo
Ringing or buzzing in the ears, called tinnitus    

Sudden hearing loss: Seek help immediately
If you experience sudden hearing loss, you should seek medical attention immediately! It is more likely that you will regain some of your hearing back if you treat this type of hearing loss within the first 72 hours. 

Levels of hearing loss

Hearing loss can be categorized by severity level. Your level of hearing ability is measured in decibels (dB HL), referring to how loud sounds need to be for you to hear them.
Hearing loss levels

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Normal hearing (≤20 dB)
No perceived hearing loss symptoms.
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Mild hearing loss (21-40 dB)
Soft speech is difficult to hear, especially in noisy environments.
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Moderate hearing loss (41-70 dB)
Following a conversation in noisy environments or group setting is problematic.
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Severe hearing loss (71-90 dB)
People have to speak loudly for you to hear them.
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Profound hearing loss (≥91 dB)
Hearing is challenging in most environments.
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Hearing loss management options

Fortunately, there is a wealth of options for managing hearing loss available to suit all types of hearing loss needs.

The most likely and common management for hearing loss is wearing hearing aids. In some cases, a cochlear implant (CI) or bone-anchored hearing aid (BAHA) might be recommended. Surgery or other medical solutions may also be recommended in some cases.

Regardless of the best treatment option for you, the sooner you seek help, the better your outcome will be.

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