Maybe you already know you or a family member is dealing with hearing loss. Then again, it may be happening so gradually you’re not sure. Unlike many conditions, hearing loss is often hard to detect in its early stages. The kind of signs to look for may differ based on your perspective—that is, whether you’re checking for yourself or a loved one.
You should suspect a hearing loss if you:
Have a family history of hearing loss.
Have been repeatedly exposed to high noise levels.
Are inclined to believe that "everybody mumbles" or "people don't speak as clearly as they used to"
Feel growing nervous tension, irritability or fatigue from the effort to hear
Find yourself straining to understand conversations and watching people's faces intently when you are listening
Frequently misunderstand or need to have things repeated
Increase the television or radio volume to a point that others complain of the loudness
Have diabetes; heart, thyroid, or circulation problems; reoccurring ear infections; constant ringing in the ears; dizziness; or exposure to ototoxic drugs or medications