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Symptoms

Symptoms of hearing loss include:

  • Muffled hearing.
  • Difficulty understanding what people are saying, especially when there are competing voices or background noise. You may be able to hear someone speaking, but you cannot distinguish the specific words.
  • Listening to the television or radio at a higher volume than in the past.
  • Avoiding conversation and social interaction. Social situations can be tiring and stressful if you do not hear well. You may begin to avoid those situations as hearing becomes more difficult.

Other symptoms that may occur with hearing loss include:

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People who have hearing loss are sometimes not aware of it. Family members or friends often are the first to notice the hearing loss. Many adults may be depressed because of how hearing loss is affecting their relationships and social life.

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Last Updated: January 14, 2014
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