Symptoms of Hearing loss

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Difficulty understanding spoken language, especially when there is background noise or among a group of people.

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People with hearing loss often ask speakers to talk more slowly, vocalise more and speak louder.

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When other people speak they sound like they are whispering or articulating poorly.

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Patients need to increase the volume on the television or radio.

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Difficulty hearing certain consonants.

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If the hearing loss occurs in just one ear, patients also find it hard to locate the origin of sounds.

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They may stop participating in conversations or avoid social gatherings because they are afraid they cannot communicate clearly.

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Individuals notice a loss of balance or dizziness (more common in cases of Ménière’s disease).


Ringing or buzzing in the ears (tinnitus).

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Regarding otitis, the acute form of the disease manifests with earache (otalgia), fever, irritability and autophony (one’s own voice sounds too loud).

An ear examination (otoscopy) only reveals changes in cases associated with trauma (e.g., a ruptured eardrum) or otitis (the discharge of fluid from the external ear canal, or signs of inflammation).


Substantiated information by:

Ignacio Berdejo Gago
Miguel Caballero Borrego

Published: 18 May 2018
Updated: 18 May 2018


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