5 Signs you’re going deaf

Hard of hearing or think you’re going deaf? Here’s how to spot the signs and how to look after your hearing.

  • You’re asking people to repeat themselves or using “what?” or “huh?” frequently.
  • You increase the TV or music volume to unreasonably loud levels or sit close to the TV when the volume is adequate for others.
  • You intently watch the faces of speakers or can’t locate the source of a sound accurately.
  • You have difficulty understanding what is said in noisy places such as in pubs or restaurants, even though other people manage to have conversations. You may also actively shy away from participating in conversations.
  • You don’t respond to voices over the telephone or switch ears continually when using the phone.




How to look after your hearing

The ear is a very fragile structure and while it’s not always possible to prevent hearing loss from developing as a result of age, illness or a genetic hearing impairment, it’s predicted that around half of hearing loss cases could be prevented by following a few simple steps:

  • Use ear protection if you work in a noisy environment where it’s too loud to hold a normal speaking-volume conversation.
  • Wear earplugs at loud concerts or night clubs – you should never be left with a ringing in your ears after listening to music.
  • Wear ear protection when shooting/hunting.
  • Don’t insert objects such as fingers, cotton buds, cotton wool or tissue into your ears.
  • Monitor volume levels on your TV, home stereo or car system.
  • Get your hearing checked regularly, especially if you have a family history of hearing loss.
INTERESTING FACT: The majority of individuals suffering from hearing loss are under the age of 65.