Signs Your Loved One Has Hearing Loss

A person with hearing loss might not be the first one to know — or admit — he/she has difficulty hearing or understanding what’s said. It might actually be a family member — like yourself — who is the first to notice when hearing loss happens.

Hearing loss can sometimes be gradual. So, how can you know if your loved one might be experiencing a hearing loss? Here are four signs to help you out.

  1. “What” or “Huh” is a common phrase. If you find that you have to repeat yourself consistently before your loved one can hear you, it might mean his/her hearing is deteriorating.
  2. Less social. Do you find your once social family member beginning to distance him/herself from family gatherings or social events? Instead of asking people to repeat themselves frequently, the embarrassment or stress of the hearing loss can make your loved one become more reclusive.
  3.  Lost in conversation. Hearing loss isn’t just not being able to hear; it also can mean not understanding what’s being said. Loved ones might appear disoriented during conversations, unable to comprehend what’s being said.
  4. Tired frequently. Hearing loss can take its toll on your loved one. You might notice him/her becoming more tired, especially closer to the end of the day, after the mental strain of trying to hear. They also might become more irritable.

How to start the conversation

There are different ways to help someone you care for realize that they are experiencing some degree of hearing loss. The most important thing is to communicate the urgency of going to a hearing care provider. Untreated hearing loss is associated with 30–40% accelerated cognitive decline

We've put a list of tips together to help you speak to someone about their hearing loss. Click here to read more.


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