Hearing loss usually develops gradually, over a long period of time. Your brain can compensate for the things you aren’t hearing, so it can take a while to notice that you aren’t hearing as well as you used to. More often than not, your friends and family will notice before you do.
Here are some things that indicate you might have a hearing loss:
- The TV’s volume is too loud for other members of your family
- You find it difficult to keep up with conversations when there’s background noise
- Chatting on the phone is tricky even when the room is quiet. You feel like people are mumbling a lot and have to ask them to repeat what they’ve said.