Hearing Loss

Signs of Hearing Loss

Hearing loss is the third most common health problem in the United States, following arthritis and heart disease. Left untreated, hearing loss can lead to isolation. Studies have shown that people with hearing loss, without hearing aids, experience more sadness, fear, and anxiety than hearing aid users. Hearing loss affects the whole family.

What to look for:

  • Asking others to repeat themselves.
  • Having difficulty hearing in background noise.
  • Hearing others’ sounds as “mumbled”.
  • Turning the volume on the radio/television louder than others do.


Tinnitus, or ringing in the ears, is the sensation of hearing ringing, buzzing, hissing, chirping, whistling, or other sounds. The noise can be intermittent or continuous and can vary in loudness. It is often worse when background noise is low, so you may be most aware of it in a quiet room. In rare cases, the sound beats in sync with your heart (pulsatile tinnitus).


Vertigo/dizziness is a sensation of spinning or disorientation. If you have these dizzy spells, you might feel like you are spinning or that the world around you is spinning. This could be caused by an inner ear problem so it’s important to visit the audiologist when you begin having these symptoms.