Hearing Loss

You may suffer from hearing loss if:

  • You are often told by others that your television is too loud.
  • People seem to mumble more than they used to.
  • You frequently ask people -- especially women and young children -- to repeat themselves.
  • You have difficulty following conversations in groups and noisy places.
  • You have trouble hearing from a distance (at church, in theaters or auditoriums).
  • Your family and friends comment that you talk loudly or have trouble hearing.

Although symptoms of hearing loss in young children may be more difficult to identify, unnecessary crying or tugging at the ear can be signs that a hearing problem may exist.

Causes of hearing impairment include: exposure to loud or constant noise, the natural aging process, allergies, middle ear infections, heredity, traumatic injury or illness and certain medications.