Signs of hearing loss

The human ear is one of our most advanced and perceptive sensory organs. Just as other parts of our bodies show the effects of wear and tear as we age, so do our hearing systems. Fortunately there is help available when signs of hearing loss start to appear.

The signs of hearing loss can be vague and develop slowly, or they can be obvious and begin suddenly. Either way, it becomes harder to hear certain sounds or syllables. You can hear people are talking but can’t make out what they are saying, and frequently ask people to repeat themselves. It’s also difficult to hear in noisy situations like conferences, restaurants or crowded meeting rooms. This can result in frustration, withdrawal from social activities, isolation and loneliness. So if you recognise any of these signs, we highly recommend that you get a hearing test. We are ready to help you.

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Follow these steps if you think you have hearing loss

Has your hearing changed?

Perfect hearing is when all the sounds and speech around you can be heard exactly as they’re first transmitted. Everything is clear and can be perfectly understood.

As you read this, perhaps you’re thinking that you haven’t been making a perfect connection with the world around you for some time now.

If that’s the case, here’s a quick reminder of what it’s like to hear perfectly:

  • Conversations are effortless and you don’t have to keep asking people to repeat themselves.
  • You never need to lip read.
  • You hear clearly from all directions around you, including rain drops, birds in a tree, a friends voice behind you or a moving car.
  • Noisy environments are comfortable, not irritating and strenuous on your ears and concentration.
  • Your television and radio are set at normal volumes.
  • You’re socially active, involved, in control and confident.

If you feel your hearing has changed it’s important that you understand your hearing as it is today and find out how it can be improved.

Understanding your hearing?

To understand how your hearing has changed, attend a free hearing check with a qualified audiologist. During a short, simple appointment, you will listen to a range of sounds and indicate when you hear them. You’ll then receive your results straight away. 

If you have a hearing impairment it may be described in terms of a degree of hearing loss. Here’s how this works:

  • Mild hearing loss. Soft speech is difficult to hear, especially in noisy environments. A hearing aid will improve your hearing.
  • Moderate hearing loss. Following a conversation in a noisy environment is problematic. Your TV and radio is turned up. You may need a hearing aid to communicate.
  • Severe hearing loss. You ask people to repeat themselves with more volume frequently. A hearing aid will improve communication for you.
  • Profound hearing loss. Hearing is difficult even with amplification. A hearing aid will allow you to communicate.

Getting checked sooner rather than later will reduce the effects of loss such as hearing deprivation, possible depression, isolation in social environments and most importantly, the distress of missing out on communicating clearly with loved ones, friends, and colleagues effortlessly each day.

Where to from here?

Simply have your hearing checked at a Hearing Partners clinic near you.

Our qualified audiologist have the expertise and knowledge to assess your hearing in a comfortable and discreet environment, and you’ll get the results straight away.

A few things that you should know first:

  • You may not need a hearing aid but if you do don’t worry they aren’t bulky and heavy anymore, our latest state of the art advancements mean that you can completely hide a hearing aid in your ear canal.
  • You can bring a friend or family member along to your appointment.

Simply book a hearing check

At Hearing Partners, we provide:

  • Same-day results
  • 1 week trial for all our hearing aids
  • Personalized hearing solutions

With 10 clinics across Singapore, we try to make it as convenient as possible to get your hearing tested.

Do I need a hearing test?

The best way to determine any loss is to be professionally tested.

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Hearing loss concerns

To accept you have hearing loss can be difficult, but leaving it untreated can affect your quality of life. Socialising becomes exhausting when you are not able to fully understand and communicate with others. Because conversations take so much more mental energy, hearing loss can also lead to irritability, negativism, anger, and stress. It can reduce your performance at your work or educational institution, and because it reduces your awareness, it increases risks to your personal safety.


Family members are often aware of a person’s hearing loss before you may event notice it. If you or someone close to you are familiar with some of these hearing loss-related worries, we highly recommend you seek help. With proper hearing care, you will become less frustrated, less tired, and have more energy to take part in the life happening around them.
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