Hearing loss can happen to anyone. Today more than 48 million Americans have some degree of hearing loss. Since it often happens gradually, the early symptoms can be subtle or easy to miss.
Whether you have noise--induced hearing loss, progressive hearing loss from aging, or some other type of hearing loss that occurs over time, the symptoms largely look the same. Here are some common, early signs of hearing loss to watch for. If you're experiencing one or more of these symptoms, it may be time for a hearing test. Hearing loss progression generally starts with one or more of the following experiences.
Many people develop adaptive behaviors—or habits—to help compensate for the progression of their hearing loss in social settings. They may not even realize they’re doing it! Learn more about the two most common early social signs of hearing loss.
If several of these early signs and symptoms of hearing loss sound familiar, you may have hearing loss. It’s okay—you’re not alone. The first step you should take if you feel you may be suffering from hearing loss is to have your hearing checked by a Miracle-Ear Hearing Instrument Specialist. They'll help determine the degree of hearing loss, if any, and whether hearing aids could help. Thanks to the wide availability of hearing aid technology, hearing loss doesn’t have to control your life.