A person might have hearing loss if she requires frequent repetitions, has difficulty following conversations between more than two people, thinks that other people sound muffled or they are mumbling, have difficulty in hearing in noisy situations, has ringing in the ear and reads lips or intently watches other people’s faces when they are talking.

Such people are also stressed out from trying to make sense of what other people are saying and they feel annoyed with other people because they cannot hear them properly. They also feel embarrassed meeting new people since they might not understand or misunderstand what they are saying.

Medical conditions that might put a person at risk of being affected with a hearing problem include diabetes, heart conditions, and problems with circulation and thyroid. They might be at a greater risk of having a hearing problem if they have been exposed to a very loud noise over a long period or a short explosive noise.