How do I know if I have hearing loss?

Hearing loss is considered to be an invisible condition that occurs gradually over time. It isn’t something you can see. Your hearing typically changes slowly over time and that makes it harder to realise that you are “losing” your hearing. What each person experiences as their first signs of hearing loss varies from person to person. But here is a list of common symptoms that could indicate a hearing loss:


  • Asking for repetition
  • Avoiding social situations that may be too noisy
  • Difficulty hearing and understanding children and women
  • Others complaining that you are not hearing well
  • Perception that most people mumble/or don’t enunciate well
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Trouble hearing in noisy environments
  • Trouble hearing on the phone
  • Turning up the television too loud
  • Unable to hear people when they are not looking at you


The causes of hearing loss and degrees of hearing loss can vary and accumulate over time, and the symptoms and effects of the loss can do the same. If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms or know a loved one who might be, it is recommended that you make an appointment to have a hearing test.


Not sure where to get a hearing test? We can help. Call 0800 042 0000 or click here and we can help you schedule a test with a hearing healthcare provider near you.

By Starkey Hearing Technologies blog