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What are some signs of severe hearing loss?

On Behalf of | Feb 23, 2024 | Injuries |

Hearing loss can significantly impact one’s quality of life after an injury. While mild hearing impairment may go unnoticed at first, severe hearing loss can have effects on overall well-being.

Here are some common indicators of severe hearing loss.

Frequent misinterpretation of speech

People with severe hearing loss may frequently misinterpret speech, leading to misunderstandings and confusion. They may respond inappropriately to questions or comments, often due to only catching parts of the conversation. This can strain relationships and create frustration for both the individual with hearing loss and those around them.

Withdrawal from social activities

Individuals experiencing severe hearing loss may withdraw from social activities and gatherings due to difficulty communicating effectively. They may avoid situations where hearing and understanding speech are challenging, leading to feelings of isolation and loneliness. Withdrawal from social interactions can negatively impact mental health and overall well-being.

Increased volume of television or radio

Another common sign of severe hearing loss is the need to increase the volume of the television or other devices to levels that others find uncomfortably loud. This behavior may be a way for individuals with hearing loss to understand the audio clearly.

Struggles with telephone conversations

Severe hearing loss can make telephone conversations particularly challenging. Individuals may struggle to hear the caller’s voice clearly, leading to frequent misunderstandings and frustration. They may also avoid making or receiving phone calls altogether, preferring alternative methods of communication such as text messaging or email.

Difficulty hearing alarm clocks or doorbells

Individuals with severe hearing loss may have difficulty hearing auditory cues, such as alarm clocks or doorbells. This can pose safety risks and inconveniences in daily life.

Recognizing the signs of severe hearing loss may be tough at first after an injury. However, by seeking timely intervention, individuals can learn more and reduce the impact of hearing loss on their lives.