Hear Your Best During Better Hearing Month

May is Better Hearing Month! Help us raise awareness about hearing loss prevention by scheduling you annual hearing evaluation and reviewing the common signs of hearing loss listed below.

Hearing loss is a common health concern for people of all ages. It can adversely impact speech and language development, communication, and learning in children. In adults, untreated hearing loss can negatively impact social, academic and vocational success and has also been linked to social isolation, depression, and reduced quality of life.

Common signs of hearing loss in children:

  • Lack of attention to sound (birth to one year)
  • Does not respond when his/her name is called (seven months to 1 year)
  • Failure to follow simple directions (one to two years)
  • Delays in speech/language development (birth to three years)
  • Pulling/scratching at his/her ears
  • Difficulty achieving academically, especially in reading and math
  • Social isolation and feeling unhappy in school
  • Persistent ear discomfort after exposure to loud noise

Common signs of hearing loss in adults:

  • Buzzing or ringing in the ears
  • Failure to respond appropriately to spoken words
  • Muffled hearing
  • Constant frustration hearing speech and other sounds
  • Avoiding conversation
  • Social isolation
  • Depression

For more hearing loss signs, visit The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) website at http://identifythesigns.org.  You can also take our free online hearing test or schedule an evaluation with a professional if you have hearing concerns.  

By Beth McCormick, Au.D.