Symptoms of Hearing Loss
by Cynthia M. Johnson, MA
Hearing loss often happens slowly over time. It may also be sudden in some people. Problems in adults may be:
Some people may not know that they have hearing loss. This is common when it happens slowly over time or when it only happens in 1 ear. They may notice:
Symptoms of deafness or hearing loss in infants may be:
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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 July 17, 2018. Accessed October 25, 2019.
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Sudden sensorineural hearing loss. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: https://www.dynamed.com/condition/sudden-sensorineural-hearing-loss . Updated November 26, 2018. Accessed October 25, 2019.
Last reviewed September 2019 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Daniel A. Ostrovsky, MD
Last Updated: 05/27/2020
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