Sometimes, it can take years for a person to recognize that they have a hearing loss. Often, family members are the first to recognize the issue. These are the most common signs of hearing loss:

“Huh?” and “What?”

Although it seems obvious, one of the easiest ways to identify someone with a hearing loss is that they ask for others to repeat themselves – often saying “Huh?” and “What?” While everyone is likely to misunderstand what a person is saying now and again, those with a hearing loss will repeatedly ask for clarifications. This persistence is likely to demonstrate that they are having an issue with their hearing and should, therefore, speak to an audiologist about an evaluation.

Issues With Background Noise

Another common clue that someone has a hearing loss is that they struggle to communicate when they are in noisy environments. For example, it might be that when they go out for dinner at a busy restaurant, they cannot communicate effectively with a loved one. They also might find that when they are at home talking to friends and family, they struggle to understand others’ voices while there is music playing.

Difficulty Understanding Certain Voices

Another sign that someone may have hearing loss is that they have difficulty understanding accents. They may also report that they can understand men’s voices without any difficulties, but experience significant difficulty understanding women’s and children’s voices. These are often signs of hearing loss in the high pitches.

Ringing In The Ears

Ringing in the ears or tinnitus is often the first sign that there may be hearing loss. 90% of people who report ringing in their ears have hearing loss.

Difficulty Hearing On The Telephone

People with hearing loss also report that they have difficulty hearing on the telephone. Typically this is because they are unable to see the speaker’s face. Another clue that there may be hearing loss is that the phone is set to come through the speaker in order to hear the person on the other end of the phone.

What If I’m concerned?

If you have noticed signs of hearing loss, the best thing to do is to book an appointment with a licensed audiologist. The doctors at Cornerstone Audiology can provide all the assistance you need to fully diagnose your problem and give expert guidance on treatment options. Through long-term relationships, audiologists are able to monitor a specific condition and make sure each person finds the best solution.

Have you noticed the signs of hearing loss or know someone else who might have hearing loss? Request a callback now, and a member of the team can give you peace of mind today!

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Julie Hubik, Au.D., CCC-A - Doctor of Audiology & CEO of Cornerstone Audiology

Dr. Hubik is the owner and founder of one of West Texas' most trusted and professional hearing providers, Cornerstone Audiology. She received her bachelor of science degree in communication disorders as well as her doctorate of audiology from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC). In her youth, Dr. Hubik became interested in helping people with a hearing loss to communicate more effectively and therefore pursued a degree in this field. Dr. Hubik was born and raised in Anton, Texas, and appreciates working with the people of West Texas. She and her team are proud to serve the hearing needs of their community.