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Symptoms of hearing loss – a list for caregivers.

Hearing Loss Simulator

In honor of National Caregivers Month, Hearing-Aid.com is offering caregivers of all kinds a helpful list of the most common signs of hearing loss, and information about hearing loss treatment.

Family members are often the first to recognize that a loved one has hearing loss, but the symptoms may appear gradually and be difficult to detect.

Even professional caregivers can confuse the signs and symptoms of hearing loss with conditions like dementia, missing opportunities for early diagnosis to minimize the long term impact of hearing problems.

In honor of National Caregivers Month, Hearing-Aid.com is offering caregivers of all kinds a helpful list of the most common signs of hearing loss, as well as information about hearing loss treatment.

Some of the most common indicators of hearing loss include:

  • Turning up the volume of the television or radio
  • Problems hearing the doorbell or the telephone ringing
  • Difficulty hearing people calling from behind, or in another room
  • Asking people to repeat themselves frequently
  • Misunderstanding or "forgetting" what has been said or agreed upon
  • Cupping hands behind the ears

A person with normal hearing can hear quiet sounds, medium and loud sounds that vary from low pitch to high pitch. In speech, soft consonant sounds like T, S and F are higher pitched than strong vowel sounds such as A, E and I. With hearing loss, it is difficult to differentiate between these sounds, and speech becomes harder to comprehend and sounds garbled.

An online hearing loss simulator may be the best way for a caregiver to experience some of the challenges of hearing loss firsthand and to get help for a family member or patient.

The hearing loss simulator on Hearing-Aid.com plays common sounds one might hear in a restaurant or outdoor park, and a short passage read by a man, woman and child. The simulator can be used to hear as person with no impairment, or to simulate mild hearing loss, moderate loss and severe hearing loss.

Hearing-Aid.com encourages caregivers to use the list of common signs of hearing loss and the online hearing loss simulator to gain a better understanding of hearing loss, and to make arrangements for a hearing test for their family member or patient if hearing impairment exists.

Learn more about hearing loss or to use the online hearing loss simulator, visit Hearing-Aid.com.

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