What are the first signs of hearing damage?


Do you recognise that? You are sitting at home and find that the radio has to be turned up a notch to hear the music properly. Or maybe you find yourself in a conversation and often have to ask to repeat something. It seems like the world around you is speaking more and more unclearly, and following conversations becomes a challenge. You find yourself paying more attention to the speaker's mouth, especially if they speak softly. And following in a group or during a story feels like a task that requires your full concentration.

These scenarios are not just representations; they may be the first signs of hearing damage.

Hearing damage often lurks unnoticed in our daily lives. It starts subtly, perhaps even imperceptibly, but can gradually have a profound impact on how we communicate and interact with everything and everyone around us.

In this article, we take a closer look at these first signs of hearing damage. It is important to recognise that hearing damage is not just a problem of getting older or exposure to loud noise. Several factors can contribute to reducing our hearing. By paying attention to the early signs, we can timely measures take to prevent further damage and maintain our quality of life.


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These are the first signs of hearing loss

Hearing loss and hearing damage are phenomena that are becoming increasingly common, not only in the elderly, but also remarkably so in the young. This can be caused by several factors.

Of course, age plays a role, but diseases, hereditary predisposition, and noise exposure are also important causes.

Especially people who working with heavy machinery, in environments with loud bangs, or regularly exposed to loud music are at increased risk of hearing damage.

There are different degrees of hearing loss, and it is crucial to recognise the first signs early.

The following is a list of some of these initial signs:

  • You find it difficult to hear what is being said in a conversation, especially in a noisy environment.
  • You find that you regularly have to ask people to repeat something because you don't understand it properly the first time.
  • It becomes difficult to determine where sounds are coming from.
  • Others note that you turn up the radio or television louder than usual.
  • You need to make an extra effort to hear sound sources at a distance, such as in a theatre or church.
  • You feel that others speak unclearly or mumble.
  • Children's voices or high-pitched sounds are difficult to hear.
  • Jokes are no longer well understood because not everything is understood.


Prolonged exposure to loud noises, such as the din of machinery at work or loud music, can accelerate the process of hearing loss. It is therefore important to be aware of these early warning signs and take action if necessary.


Hearing protection, very important after all

After recognising the first signs of hearing loss, it is crucial to consider the next steps, especially in a work environment.

Hearing damage at work is a growing problem, especially in industries where employees are exposed to constant noise. This can range from the construction industry to the music industry. It is therefore essential to invest in effective hearing protection and employee awareness.

Ronell offers various solutions for this. These include custom-made hearing protection, which is not only comfortable but also specifically tailored to the needs of different working environments. In addition, Ronel's toolboxes offer practical tips and strategies for noise control in the workplace.

It is not just about providing the right tools, but also about encouraging a culture where employees are aware of the risks and the need for hearing protection.

Ronell operates throughout the Netherlands, in every neighbourhood, and is ready to help you and your organisation. Whether it's personal advice, implementing hearing protection, or creating a safer and healthier workplace.

Protect your hearing, protect your future. Contact Ronell today and take the first step towards a safer workplace.

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