Recognizing the signs:
Are you experiencing hearing loss?

Hearing loss is much more common than you think. In fact, the World Health Organization reports that by 2050, nearly 2.5 billion people are projected to have some degree of hearing loss.* But recognizing the signs of hearing loss isn’t always easy, because some indicators can be more subtle. If you've noticed changes in your hearing or suspect that someone you know is experiencing hearing difficulties, read on to understand the signs and learn about the importance of taking action towards addressing a hearing loss.

Here are some of the common signs of hearing loss

Muffled sounds
If you find that sounds seem less clear or muffled, it could be a sign of hearing loss. This is often one of the earliest indicators.

Difficulty understanding spoken words
Struggling to understand conversations, especially in noisy environments, is a common sign. You may also find yourself asking people to repeat themselves frequently.

Avoidance of social settings
People with hearing loss often withdraw from social situations to avoid the frustration of not being able to hear and understand conversations, or because they become too tired during or after their social engagement.

Increasing the volume
If you're often turning up the volume on the TV, radio, or your electronic devices, it might be time to consider the possibility of hearing loss.

Ringing or buzzing in the ears, known as tinnitus, can be associated with hearing loss. If you experience this symptom, it's essential to address it promptly.


Are you experiencing any of these signs of hearing loss?

Then it’s important to take action sooner rather than later. Ignoring the signs of hearing loss may lead to various challenges, including social isolation, tiredness, reduced cognitive function, and lower quality of life. Recognizing the signs of hearing loss earlier will mean that you’ll be able to take steps towards getting hearing loss treatment sooner.

What to do if you are experiencing signs of hearing loss

If you have a sudden loss of hearing, particularly in one ear, it’s important to seek medical attention as soon as possible. By visiting your local doctor, you can check to see whether the hearing loss is caused by something temporary that can be treated more easily, for example, ear wax blockage or an ear infection. Your local doctor will also be able to refer you to a hearing care specialist for treatment if the hearing loss is not temporary or easily treated.

Another good first step could be to take our free online hearing test, which can give you an indication of whether it’s time to visit your local hearing care specialist. A hearing care specialist will be able to make a more comprehensive hearing assessment and then determine with you whether you require hearing aids.


Recognizing the signs of hearing loss is the first step toward a better hearing experience and an improved quality of life. By understanding the subtle indicators and taking our online hearing test, you're on the path to addressing potential issues. Remember, early intervention is key. When you’re ready, don't hesitate to consult with a local hearing care specialist who can guide you towards the right solutions for your unique needs. You can use our online Hearing Center Locator tool to find a hearing specialist near you.


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Check your hearing

Do you need to ask people to repeat themselves? Do you have to turn up the TV volume?

With our free online hearing test we can give you a quick indication if you might have a hearing loss. This can be the important first step for you to improve your hearing.

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We can help you find your closest hearing care specialist who can provide you with Philips HearLink hearing aids.