Effects of hearing loss on you
Hearing loss does not usually mean that you stop hearing all sounds equally; the hearing loss pattern will depend on the cause of the hearing loss. Hearing loss often begins in the high pitches, leaving the hearing for low tones in the normal range. Words will start to sound dull or become less clear, eventually resulting in a reduced understanding of speech. It becomes especially difficult to hear in noisy situations, like in a group of people, hearing while the TV is on in the background or trying to understand conversation in a crowd or a large echoey room. Although for some types of hearing loss (conductive), people hear well in noisy environments, where people are speaking loudly but cannot understand quiet speech.
The way you respond to reduced hearing clarity may depend on your personality, the degree and shape of your hearing loss and how long your hearing has been deteriorating. Most people with hearing loss find it tiring to follow the conversation, as their brain has to work harder to fill in all the sound gaps that they miss, for example:
“…now was that See or Tea? Must be Tea – that makes more sense.”