PREVIOUS QUESTION:

 

NEXT QUESTION:

 

What are the symptoms of hearing loss?

ANSWER

Usually, hearing fades so slowly you don't notice it. You may think that people are mumbling more, your spouse needs to speak up, and you need a better phone. As long as some sound still comes in, you could assume your hearing is fine. Over time, though, you may become more and more cut off from the world of speech and sounds.

From: Hearing Loss WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Audiology: "Hearing and Hearing Loss," "Facts About Hearing Loss."  

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association: "The Prevalence and Incidence of Hearing Loss in Adults," "Causes of Hearing Loss in Adults," "Ototoxic Medications (Medication Effects)," "Adult Aural/Audiologic Rehabilitation."

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders: "Hearing Loss and Older Adults," "Sudden Deafness," "Quick Statistics," "Presbycusis."   

National Academy on an Aging Society: "Hearing Loss: A growing problem that affects quality of life."

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. "Work-related Hearing Loss." 

American Tinnitus Association: "How Loud is Too Loud?"

FDA: "Questions and Answers about Viagra, Levitra, Cialis, and Revatio: Possible Sudden Hearing Loss."

American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery: "Hearing Loss." 

University of California, San Francisco Medical Center: "Hearing Loss."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on December 13, 2017

SOURCES:

American Academy of Audiology: "Hearing and Hearing Loss," "Facts About Hearing Loss."  

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association: "The Prevalence and Incidence of Hearing Loss in Adults," "Causes of Hearing Loss in Adults," "Ototoxic Medications (Medication Effects)," "Adult Aural/Audiologic Rehabilitation."

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders: "Hearing Loss and Older Adults," "Sudden Deafness," "Quick Statistics," "Presbycusis."   

National Academy on an Aging Society: "Hearing Loss: A growing problem that affects quality of life."

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. "Work-related Hearing Loss." 

American Tinnitus Association: "How Loud is Too Loud?"

FDA: "Questions and Answers about Viagra, Levitra, Cialis, and Revatio: Possible Sudden Hearing Loss."

American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery: "Hearing Loss." 

University of California, San Francisco Medical Center: "Hearing Loss."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on December 13, 2017

NEXT QUESTION:

What are the levels of hearing loss?

WAS THIS ANSWER HELPFUL

"ALEXA, ASK WEBMD"

THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for general informational purposes only and does not address individual circumstances. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment and should not be relied on to make decisions about your health. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on the WebMD Site. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.

    This tool does not provide medical advice. See additional information.

    Other Answers On: