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Recognize the signs of hearing loss — and the solutions

We've compiled a list of many common hearing loss symptoms and scenarios people with diminished hearing loss encounter. If they sound familiar, don't stress…let's find a solution!

Recognize the signs of hearing loss — and the solutions

There are plenty of hearing loss solutions that your hearing care specialist can tailor to you and your lifestyle. Get the facts, then get to a doctor and get ready to hear what you’ve been missing!

Some common signs of hearing loss:

  • Asking to have things repeated. If you frequently ask for things to be repeated, it may be a sign of diminished hearing. A common correction people make is to avoid conversations or pretend they have heard when they haven’t.
    The good news: There are many hearing solutions that can help. Definitely don’t pretend you can hear things you cannot. It’s time to check in with your doctor and discover the solutions that can work for you.
  • Buzzing or whistling in the ears. Hearing a buzzing, ringing or whistling sound with no actual noise present is called tinnitus. These phantom sounds happen to a lot of people and are an early sign of hearing loss.
    The good news: Many hearing aid manufacturers offer hearing aids specifically designed to help people with tinnitus.
  • Your normal is loud to others. Turning up the volume of the television or speaking in a tone others think is loud (but seems normal to you) are signs of hearing loss. Frequently friends and loved ones notice hearing loss first. One easy way to gauge hearing loss is by becoming aware of how others react to things you don’t think are too loud.
  • Frustration with background noise. Background noise, such as multiple people speaking or a restaurant, can make it hard for everyone to hear, but it’s even harder when you have hearing loss. People with normal hearing can better focus on the sounds they want to hear while tuning out those they don’t want. People with hearing loss have a more difficult time with background noise.
    The good news: Advanced hearing aids today can identify characteristics of wanted and unwanted sounds and help to filter them for better clarity and comfort.
  • Dropped conversation cues. If you’ve recently had a conversation with someone and it seemed they suddenly got quieter or expected a response, but you had no idea why, you could’ve been experiencing a dropped conversation cue. This can happen because hearing loss is experienced in ranges. So, you might hear one range just fine, but when the range shifts, you experience a dropped signal.
    The good news: Today’s hearing aids are tailored to your individual hearing loss. That means they identify and deliver the sounds that you are missing, making it easier for you to keep up with the conversation.

If any of these signs seem familiar, it may be time to take action. Consider scheduling a hearing exam to determine if you’re experiencing hearing loss. There are many possible solutions — let a hearing professional help you find the solution that fits you and your lifestyle.


With the Union Plus Hearing Program, you can get a free hearing exam and reduce your costs by over 40% at hearing providers near you*.

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