There are two types of warning signs of hearing loss: Social and Emotional.
Social Hearing Loss
- You think other people sound muffled or are mumbling.
- You require frequent repetition.
- You have difficulty hearing in noisy situations, like restaurants and malls.
- You have trouble hearing children’s and women’s voices.
- You have the TV and radio turned up to high volume.
- You answer or respond inappropriately in conversations.
- You read lips or more intently watch people’s faces when they speak to you.
- You are often accused by others that you “only hear what want to hear” and have “selective listening”.
- You are told to “forget it” by family and friends who get frustrated when have to repeat themselves.
- You have been told that you speak too loudly.
Emotional Hearing Loss
- You feel stressed from straining to hear what others are saying.
- You feel annoyed at other people because you can’t hear or understand them.
- You feel embarrassed to meet new people or from misunderstanding what others are saying.
- You feel nervous about trying to hear and understand.
- You start to withdraw from social situations that you once enjoyed because of difficulty hearing.