Do you ever find yourself thinking, “Am I going deaf?” To help you find an answer, we’ve put together a handy list of what to look out for. If any of these symptoms seem to reflect what you’re experience, we would recommend that you get in touch with a medical professional.
Alternatively, you could take a free online hearing assessment right now. Our hearing assessment is quick to complete and easy to use. All you need to do is listen to a series of short clips and click the answer that matches with what you hear. At the end of the assessment we will let you know what percentage you score and whether or not there is any cause for concern. If there is, we will put you in touch with one of our highly experienced hearing aid dispensers and they’ll suggest the best solution for your form of hearing loss.
Am I going deaf?
- Do you frequently find yourself asking people to repeat themselves when you’ve misheard or misunderstood?
You might find yourself saying ‘what’ or ‘pardon’ far more than you used to.
- Do you keep turning up the volume on the TV or other audio devices?
Those around you might remark on how they find the original volume perfectly adequate and your adjustment to be uncomfortably loud.
- Do you struggle to follow conversations when in a noisy environment like a pub or an open plan office?
With lots of conflicting sounds of various volumes, it can be difficult for someone with hearing loss to focus in a handful of specific ones. Over time, you may find that the effort to stay tuned into the conversation will become tiring and stressful.
- Do you find yourself contributing less and less to conversations or even actively avoiding certain social situations?
Quite often, individuals who struggle with their hearing becoming increasingly isolated as they feel uncomfortable or unable to engage with others.
- Do you struggle to hear over the phone?
If you’re using a mobile phone, double check that isn’t the signal that is causing the issue.
Hearing loss can occur in just one ear or both. A good indication that only one ear is affected is if you’re only struggling to understand sounds from one side. You might find it difficult to pinpoint exactly where the sound is coming from without looking directly at the source.
Is my child going deaf?
Identifying deafness in young children might seem difficult but there are a few crucial signs for you to look out for, including responsiveness and speech.
By the time a baby is 4 months old, they should be actively turning towards the sound of any voices. If they aren’t and only seem to respond when they can physically see you, it could be an indication that have a degree of hearing loss. Similarly, they might not be startled by any loud, sudden noises. As their development continues, speech becomes an excellent indicator. If they haven’t started to say any recognisable words by around 15 months, we’d recommend that you get them checked out by a medical professional.
For older children, the signs can be more obvious. You might notice that they consistently talk loudly, don’t reply when you call them or seem to answer questions oddly.