Signs of Hearing Loss

Signs of hearing loss in adults

In adults, hearing loss usually causes people to miss certain sounds of speech, making it hard to determine what was said. Often the person with hearing loss will hear others speak, but will not understand exactly what was said.

To find out if you might have a hearing loss, answer the following questions:

  • Do people sound like they mumble?
  • Does background noise make it difficult to follow conversation?
  • Do you have difficulty understanding someone speaking from a distance?
  • Do others complain that your television is too loud?
  • Is it difficult to hear clearly on the telephone?
  • Do you hear ringing in your ears?
  • Do you have a history of exposure to loud noise (music, construction, guns, etc)?

If you answered yes to one or more of the above questions you may have a hearing loss and should have your hearing tested by an Audiologist. Call and make an appointment today.

Signs of hearing loss in children

Children develop speech and language skills by listening to others talk and this process begins in the first few years of life. If a child has a hearing loss this process cannot develop as it should. If you think that your child may have a hearing problem, your family doctor should refer you to an Audiologist for a hearing assessment as soon as possible. A child of any age can be tested for hearing loss. Children ages 4 and up can be assessed at Limestone Hearing Care Centre. A doctor's referral is not required.

The Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists provide the following signs of hearing loss in children.

If your child...

  • stops babbling
  • experiences fluid drain from ears
  • frequently pulls at his/her ears (with fever and crankiness)
  • frequently gets colds and ear infections
  • does not understand someone unless he/she is facing them
  • speaks loudly or turns up the volume of the television, disturbing other listeners
  • does not say single words by 12 months
  • does not respond when called
  • needs things to be repeated

Early detection of a childhood hearing loss is vital to a child's speech and language development.