It can sometimes be difficult to tell if your hearing has changed, and in some cases, people around you might notice before you do. It can be especially tricky to recognise hearing loss symptoms if you have hearing loss in one ear but can still hear perfectly with the other. 
Here, you’ll find the common signs and symptoms of different hearing loss types that you can look out for – either for yourself or a loved one.

Signs of hearing loss

Different types of hearing loss can have different symptoms but, in general, if any of these  situations sound familiar, it can be a sign that your hearing has changed:

  • You have the TV or radio volume uncomfortably loud for other people
  • You find it difficult to hear dialogue at the cinema or theatre
  • Phone conversations are hard work
  • You ask people to repeat things or misunderstand what they say
  • You find having conversations quite tiring 
  • You have difficulty following conversations in groups
  • You feel isolated because you cannot hear properly
  • You avoid situations that you used to enjoy because of the way you hear
  • Someone suggests you might not be hearing as well as you used to

If you recognise any of these situations in yourself, or someone you know, it might be a good idea to come and see us for a hearing test and some expert advice.

At Specsavers, hearing tests are completely free with no-obligation to purchase a hearing aid.

Symptoms of mixed hearing loss

Mixed hearing loss is a combination of sensorineural and conductive hearing loss.  

For example, someone with conductive hearing loss may experience further hearing loss as they age, or an older person with presbycusis (age-related hearing loss) whose ear canal is blocked by excess earwax might have extra hearing loss until the wax is cleared. 

The symptoms of mixed hearing loss are the same as general hearing loss, like increasing the volume of the TV or struggling with phone conversations.

How to find out if you have hearing loss

All types of hearing loss tend to have a lot of overlapping symptoms, so it’s best to have a full hearing test to determine the type of hearing loss you might have and decide the right kind of treatment for you. 

To start with, you could use our free online tool to get a quick idea of your hearing, or you can book a free hearing test with one of our experts in store.

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