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Common hearing loss symptoms in adults and children

Hearing loss is the third most common health problem in the U.S, with nearly 50 million people experiencing it to some degree.1 Hearing loss can strike at any age and, when left untreated, can negatively impact a person’s quality of life — from relationships, to physical and mental health issues, to career.

Often, people experiencing hearing loss are unaware of their condition since symptoms may appear slowly, over time. While there are different types and causes of hearing loss, many of the symptoms are similar. Understanding what these symptoms are and being able to recognize them can help you know when to seek treatment for yourself or a loved one.

Below are some of the most common symptoms of hearing loss to be aware of:

  • Difficulty following a conversation with other people
  • Difficulty understanding speech in noisy environments
  • Hearing ringing or hissing sounds
  • Decreased ability to hear high-pitched sounds
  • Listening to the TV or radio at a high volume
  • Frequently asking others to repeat themselves
  • Frequently asking others to speak louder and slower
  • The perception that others are mumbling or not speaking clearly
  • Difficulty hearing others on the phone
  • Withdrawal from conversations and social settings

4 signs of hearing loss in children

Approximately 15% of school-age children have some degree of hearing loss.2 When left untreated, this can lead to delayed speech and language development. Below are four common signs of hearing loss in children for parents and caregivers to be aware of:

  • Difficulty understanding what others are saying
  • Watching others in order to mimic their actions at home or at school
  • Behavior problems or poor academic performance in school
  • The inability to tell where a sound is coming from

Addressing hearing loss symptoms

Hearing loss treatment for children and adults depends upon the type of hearing loss. But being proactive is one of the best ways to keep hearing healthy. If you suspect hearing loss in yourself or a loved one, an important first step is to schedule an appointment with a hearing professional who can perform a baseline hearing test and discuss the best treatment options based on symptoms and individual needs.

Remember that you can use your CareCredit credit card to pay for hearing care services, hearing tests, and hearing aid products and accessories. Use the Acceptance Locator or download the CareCredit Mobile App to find a hearing provider near you that accepts the CareCredit credit card.

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