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.
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
Other symptoms that may occur with hearing loss
Ringing, roaring, hissing, or buzzing in the
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.