Hearing loss can be an invisible problem. Most hearing losses occur gradually so the signs of hearing loss are difficult to notice.

You need to see an audiologist if:

  • The family complains your TV or radio is too loud.
  • People seem to mumble when they speak.
  • You can hear people speaking, but can’t quite understand what they are saying.
  • You ask people to repeat what they are saying.
  • You have a hard time understanding conversation in a group or at a party.
  • You have a ringing or roaring in your ears.
  • It is hard to hear on the telephone.

Many adults do not realize how much hearing they have lost, but family members and friends may see changes in their behavior. In a study done in 1999 by the National Council on Aging the following effects of untreated hearing loss were found.


Those adults whose hearing loss is not treated report:

  • Sadness and depression
  • Worry and anxiety
  • Paranoia
  • Less social activity
  • Emotional turmoil and insecurity


Adults who have treated their hearing loss and wear hearing aids report benefits that include:

  • Better relationships with their families
  • Better feelings about themselves
  • Improved mental health
  • Greater independence and security