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Signs & Symptoms

Signs & Symptoms

The symptoms of hearing impairment vary depending on the cause.  Hearing loss can develop gradually over time, especially hearing loss related to noise exposure or age.

Symptoms of hearing loss may include:

  • Muffled hearing
  • Difficulty understanding what people are saying, especially against background noise or in a crowd
  • Frequently asking others to repeat what they said, or speak more slowly, clearly and or loudly
  • Needint to turn up the volume to the television or radio higher than in the past
  • Trouble hearing consants
  • Withdrawal from conversations
  • Avoidance of social settings
  • Ringing or buzzing in the ear
  • Ear pain, itching, or irritation
  • Vertigo

When to see a doctor

  • If you have a sudden loss of hearing, particularly in one ear, seek immediate medical attention.
  • Talk to your doctor if difficulty hearing is interfering with your daily life. Your hearing may have deteriorated if:
  • You find that it’s harder to understand everything that’s said in conversation, especially when there’s background noise
  • Sounds seem muffled
  • You find yourself having to turn the volume higher when you listen to music, the radio or television

You can take this “5 Minute Hearing Test” to see if you might have a hearing loss: http://www.betterhearing.org/hearing_loss/online_hearing_test/

If you’re experiencing any of the above, call 423.622.6900 ext. 201 to schedule an evaluation with our Audiologist to see if hearing loss is the cause.