HOW TO TELL IF SOMEONE YOU INTERACT WITH HAS A HEARING LOSS?
Someone turning up the television or radio is a very common sign of a hearing loss. The “appropriate” volume for them might seem too loud to others.
Focusing on one speaker in a crowded or noisy environment is often especially difficult for a person with a hearing loss.
In a car, the engine, road or wind noise can make it hard to hear a conversation, the radio or important traffic sounds.
People with a hearing loss frequently feel that others mumble or need to repeat what they’ve said.
Often, a person will hear, but not understand, what’s being said, and ask for repetitions.
Social occasions are often difficult for a person with hearing loss. Background noise, such as music or group conversations, can become overwhelming, making it impossible to participate in a conversation.
In church, theatres, and auditoriums, it might be very difficult to for that someone to hear a speaker’s voice, and ask repeatedly to sit closer to the front of the hall.
Someone cupping their hand behind their ear, or turning the ear towards the sound source is commonly seen in people having hearing difficulties, but it’s no substitute for a properly fitted hearing instrument.