• Deafness (Hearing Loss) Symptoms

Deafness_Symptoms of Deafness

Some people are not able to hear from birth; others suddenly become deaf due to an accident or disease.

Common symptoms of Deafness (Hearing Loss) include:

  • Feeling that the ear is plugged
  • Difficulty in understanding what people are saying, especially when other people are talking or when there is background noise or in a crowd of people
  • Asking others to speak more slowly, clearly and loudly
  • Have to turn up the volume of the television or radio
  • Tinnitus or abnormal sounds in the ear like ringing, roaring, hissing, or buzzing
  • Pain in ear with or without itching or fluid coming out from the ear
  • Feeling of dizziness

Symptoms of Deafness (Hearing Loss) noticed by family members/peers:

If the hearing loss is gradual and has not yet been diagnosed, family members may mistakenly believe that the patient is becoming more distant.

Symptoms of Deafness (Hearing Loss) in Babies Symptoms of Deafness (Hearing Loss) in Toddlers and Children
  • From birth to 4 months, the baby does not turn its head towards a noise
  • By age of 1 year, the baby does not utter a single word
  • Baby is not startled by loud noise
  • Baby responds to you when he/she can see you, but not when you are out of sight and call out their name
  • Language development is seen to be delayed
  • Child keeps saying "What?"
  • Child may watch TV at a really high volume than required
  • Child talks in a very loud voice
  • Child may be inattentive, or irritable
  • When the child speaks, its words are not clear
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