Symptoms of Hearing Loss
by Laurie B. Rosenblum, MPH
Hearing loss usually comes on gradually but may develop suddenly. The symptoms may include:
Some people may not realize that they have hearing loss, especially if it develops over a number of years or if it happens in 1 ear. Common experiences where people begin to notice changes include:
Symptoms of deafness or hearing loss in infants that may be noted:
Hearing loss. Healthy Children—American Academy of Pediatrics website. Available at: https://www.healthychildren.org/English/health-issues/conditions/ear-nose-throat/Pages/Hearing-Loss.aspx. Updated November 21, 2015. Accessed August 17, 2017.
Hearing loss and older adults. National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) website. Available at: https://www.nidcd.nih.gov/health/hearing-loss-older-adults. Updated June 3, 2016. Accessed August 17, 2017.
Sudden sensorineural hearing loss. EBSCO DynaMed Plus website. Available at: http://www.dynamed.com/topics/dmp~AN~T115342/Sudden-sensorineural-hearing-loss. Updated May 27, 2017. Accessed August 17, 2017.
Last reviewed September 2017 by Michael Woods, MD, FAAP
Last Updated: 9/17/2014
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