For most people,
hearing loss is so gradual that it is hardly noticed. Hearing loss
is usually detected first by family, friends, or as a result of a
hearing test. You should suspect a hearing loss if you:
• Have a family history of hearing loss
• Have been exposed to high noise levels
• Are inclined to believe that "everybody mumbles" or "people
don't speak as clearly as they used to"
• Find yourself straining to understand conversations; watching
people's faces intently when you are listening
• Frequently misunderstand or need to have things repeated
• Increase the television or radio volume
• Have health problems or have reoccurring ear infections,
constant ringing in the ears, or dizziness
There are many other clues to possible hearing loss. The above
list provides examples of the more frequent indicators.