Hearing Loss Symptoms

Signs/Symptoms of Hearing Loss in Babies

In most of the countries, new born babies are screened for their hearing within first few weeks of birth (also know as NHSP or Newborn Hearing Screening Programme).

For new born babies, one should also be vigilant and look out for the signs which indicates that the child may have hearing loss. In case of any of the signs/symptoms being observed, and a doctors advice should be taken who may refer for a hearing test.

Common signs/symptoms of hearing loss/impairment in babies:

  • Babies are not startled by very loud noises
  • They do not look/turn towards the sound/noise source (when they are under 4 months old)
  • They do not speak even a single word by the age of 1 year
  • They notice you when they see you but do not respond when their name is called
  • Only hear selective sounds

Signs/Symptoms of Hearing Loss in Children

Common signs/symptoms of hearing loss/impairment in children:

  • There is a delay in their speech
  • There speech is not clear
  • They frequently ask you to repeat your sentence
  • They frequently talks very loudly
  • They watch TV with very high volume

Signs/Symptoms of Hearing Loss in Adults

Common signs/symptoms of hearing loss/impairment in adults:

  • Speech or sound is muffled
  • Difficulty in understanding what other people are talking, this is more prominent in a group or in the presence of background noise. People can hear someone is talking but they may not be able to understand or identify specific words
  • Trouble in hearing sounds of consonants
  • Turning volume of radio or television up
  • Due to hearing loss, some people start avoiding social interaction and conversations and this can be very stressful and tiring when your hearing is not good. Person start avoiding social interactions more and more as hearing deteriorate

Some other symptoms that suggests that there may be some hearing loss are as follow:

  • Buzzing, roaring, ringing or hissing in the ear. This is also known as tinnitus
  • Pain, irritation or itching in the ear
  • Fluid or the coming out of the ear. This may be due to an infection or injury
  • A feeling/sensation that the world around you is moving/spinning. this condition is also know as vertigo. Vertigo associated with hearing loss is generally due to labyrinthitis, acoustic neuroma or Ménière's disease.

Sometime the person suffering from hearing loss may not be aware of it or living in denial. Family and friends are often the one who notice the hearing loss first. Hearing loss can also cause depression as it affects the social life and relationships of the ones suffering through it.  

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