Hearing Loss In Adults

Hearing Loss In Adults

Common Signs of Hearing Loss:

  • People seem to “mumble”
  • Asking people to repeat themselves
  • Difficulty hearing or understanding people talk in noisy environments such as in a restaurant, mall, or car
  • Missing words or phrases on the telephone
  • Turning up the volume on the TV or radio
  • Trouble hearing people when they are not facing you or are in another room
  • Trouble following a conversation
  • Ringing, buzzing, or hissing sounds in your ears


Common Causes of Hearing Loss:

  • Exposure to excessive loud noise
  • Ear infections, trauma, or ear disease
  • Illness or certain medications
  • Deteriorating hearing due to the normal aging process



Presbycusis is hearing loss that is related to aging. It is a combination of physiological changes to the inner ear and auditory nerve, exposure to noise, the presence of medical conditions, exposure to ototoxic agents or medications, and changes in the way the brain processes speech and sounds.

Common Symptoms of Presbycusis Include:

  • Difficulty hearing when there is background noise
  • Decrease in the clarity of speech
  • Difficulty hearing female voices or children’s voices
  • Hearing loss due to aging can be exacerbated by other factors such as diabetes, heart or kidney disease, poor circulation, noise exposure, and certain medications


To assess your hearing, take the Hearing Health Quick Test.