There are some common signs of hearing loss to look out for. Ask yourself:
- Do you turn up the TV louder than your family wants it?
- Do you find it hard to follow conversation in pubs and restaurants?
- Do you struggle to hear on the phone?
- Do you often ask people to repeat what they say?
- Does your partner complain that you don’t listen to them?
- Do you find others mumble?
If you answer yes to any of these questions, you may have hearing loss. The best way to find out is to have a hearing test.
If you also hear sounds like ringing or whistling inside your ears or head, this could be tinnitus, which is often linked to hearing loss.
If you or your child suddenly lose hearing in one or both ears, call your GP or NHS 111 as soon as possible.
Signs of hearing loss in babies and children
You should see always see your GP if you notice that your baby, toddler or child has signs of hearing loss.
Your baby or toddler may have hearing loss if they:
- aren't startled by loud noises
- don't turn towards the source of a sound while under four months old
- don't say single words by the time they're one year old
- notice you when they see you, but not when you call their name
- appear to hear some sounds but not others.
Your older child may have hearing loss if they:
- are slow to learn to talk, or they are not clear when they speak
- often ask you to repeat yourself or respond inappropriately to a question
- don't reply when you call them
- often talk very loudly
- often turn up the volume of the TV so it's very loud
- watch other people to copy instructions, because they haven't heard.
For more information about hearing loss in children visit National Deaf Children's Society