hearing loss include:
- Muffled hearing.
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 higher volume than in the past.
- Avoiding conversation
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
- Depression. Many adults may be depressed because of how hearing
loss is affecting their social life.
Other symptoms that may occur with hearing loss
- Ringing, roaring, hissing, or buzzing in the
- Ear pain, itching, or
- Pus or fluid leaking from the ear. This may result from
an injury or infection that is causing hearing loss.
- Vertigo, which can occur with hearing loss caused by
acoustic neuroma, or
People who have hearing loss are sometimes not aware of it. Family members or friends often are
the first to notice the hearing loss. Evaluate your hearing by taking a
hearing loss self-test.
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Steven T. Kmucha, MD - Otolaryngology
April 13, 2011
©1995-2012, Healthwise, Incorporated, P.O. Box 1989, Boise, ID 83701.
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
For more information,
How this information was developed.