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Are are some signs of hearing loss?

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The signs of age-related hearing problem can be subtle. You might notice:

  • Children's voices sound muffled or unclear. Age-related hearing loss often affects the ear cells that detect high-pitched sounds first, so you might have a hard time understanding children and women.
  • You can't follow the conversation in noisy places, like restaurants.
  • You're exhausted after social events, when your brain works extra hard to fill in the gaps in sounds.
  • You read lips to understand people.
  • Your ears feel clogged and sounds are muffled.
  • You keep dialing up the volume on your TV and other devices.

From: 6 Subtle Signs of Hearing Loss WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders: “Age-Related Hearing loss.”

JAMA Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery : "Hearing impairment associated with depression in US adults, National Health and Nutrition Examination Study, 2005-2010.”

Archives of Neurology : "Hearing Loss and Incident Dementia.”

Medscape: “Presbycusis,” “Age-Related Hearing Loss in Men.”

National Institute on Aging: “Hearing Loss.”

American Academy of Audiology: “Audiogram of Familiar Sounds.”

Ear and Hearing : "The effects of hearing aid use on listening effort and mental fatigue associated with sustained speech processing demands.”

Better Hearing Institute: “Signs of Hearing Loss.”

Reviewed by Shelley A. Borgia on September 01, 2019

SOURCES:

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders: “Age-Related Hearing loss.”

JAMA Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery : "Hearing impairment associated with depression in US adults, National Health and Nutrition Examination Study, 2005-2010.”

Archives of Neurology : "Hearing Loss and Incident Dementia.”

Medscape: “Presbycusis,” “Age-Related Hearing Loss in Men.”

National Institute on Aging: “Hearing Loss.”

American Academy of Audiology: “Audiogram of Familiar Sounds.”

Ear and Hearing : "The effects of hearing aid use on listening effort and mental fatigue associated with sustained speech processing demands.”

Better Hearing Institute: “Signs of Hearing Loss.”

Reviewed by Shelley A. Borgia on September 01, 2019

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