Harvard Health Letter

Are you missing early warning signs of hearing loss?

Ask your spouse or partner if it might be time for a check-up.

early-hearing-loss-signs
If it soundes like everyone around you is always mumbling, it may be a sign that you need a hearing test.
Image: Canstock

Most people tend to ignore clues that their hearing isn't what it used to be. But your spouse or partner may be fully aware of the change. "I see this all the time. Often the person with hearing loss is not the first to realize the problem. It's a family member or friend who'll bring the issue to the person's attention," says Dr. Felipe Santos, a hearing specialist at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary.

Common signs

There are a number of early warning signs of hearing loss. Run this list by your significant other and see if any of the descriptions ring true.

To continue reading this article, you must login.
  • Research health conditions
  • Check your symptoms
  • Prepare for a doctor's visit or test
  • Find the best treatments and procedures for you
  • Explore options for better nutrition and exercise
Learn more about the many benefits and features of joining Harvard Health Online »