Treating Hearing Loss

Identifying Hearing Loss in Others Checklist

Your friend or family member may not be aware they are having a problem hearing.

Since hearing loss is invisible and often occurs gradually, it can go unnoticed for years before treatment begins. Those who experience symptoms and remain silent might feel ashamed or believe the condition will go away on its own.

Unfortunately, hearing loss is usually irreversible and should only be treated with the help of a hearing care professional. While it can be difficult to initiate a conversation about a loved one’s hearing, recognizing the symptoms can help you feel more confident in the validity of your concerns.

Symptoms of hearing loss

Though hearing loss has several causes, its symptoms are basically the same. Ask yourself these common questions to help determine whether your loved one’s hearing has degenerated:

  • Does the volume of their audio devices seem too loud from a normal distance?
  • Do they often miss phone calls or visitors because they can’t hear the doorbell or telephone ringing?
  • Do they seem to be struggling to follow conversations in crowded or noisy settings?
  • Do they frequently complain about others mumbling, talking too fast, or otherwise not speaking clearly?
  • Do you have to caution them about not speaking too loudly in everyday situations?
  • Does your loved one often ask you to repeat yourself in conversation?
  • Has their hearing ability been questioned by other friends, coworkers, or family members?
  • Have they stopped accepting invitations to go out socially?
  • Do they seem to miss loud noises that startle you and others?

It's time to see a hearing care professional

If you answered yes to any of these questions, it is likely that your friend or family member has some degree of hearing loss and needs a hearing test.