Signs and symptoms associated with hearing loss-including behaviors of affected individuals-include
- "muffled" hearing,
- asking for repetition,
- 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.