Hearing Loss - Beyond Early Childhood

Signs and symptoms associated with hearing loss-including behaviors of affected individuals-include

  • "muffled" hearing,
  • asking for repetition,
  • tinnitus,
  • difficulty attending,
  • difficulty understanding speech in noise,
  • turning the volume up on the television/music,
  • thinking others "mumble,"
  • difficulty understanding speech on the telephone,
  • difficulty understanding speech, particularly of women and children,
  • rhyming mistakes-for example, hearing the high-pitched sound /t/ in the word tin as /f/ in the word fin,
  • not participating in activities/isolating one's self,
  • speaking too loudly or too softly.

Signs and symptoms in school-age children also include

  • poor academic performance,
  • delayed language and speech production development,
  • behavioral concerns,
  • auditory processing problems.

Not all patients will experience each symptom.

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