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In most cases, hearing loss is a gradual process that develops over time. This can make it difficult to immediately recognise the symptoms. If you have noticed three or more of the symptoms listed below it is worth speaking to an audiologist.

Hearing loss may occur gradually over time or may be experienced suddenly. The following symptoms may indicate that you should have your hearing checked by a professional:

  • Occasionally thinking others are mumbling or speaking too softly
  • Having trouble hearing over the phone
  • Inappropriately responding to others after misunderstanding what was said
  • Frequently being told that your TV or radio is too loud
  • Constant roaring, ringing, or hissing in your ears (see Tinnitus)
  • Finding it difficult to hear or understand conversations with more than two people
  • Needing others to repeat themselves regularly
  • Avoiding crowded places and restaurants because of difficulty hearing

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