Muffled hearing can be a gradual process or it can happen suddenly. It may be caused by a number of conditions; from a simple build-up of ear wax or an infection, to tinnitus. Some tell-tale signs of muffled hearing include feeling like your friends and family are mumbling when they talk to you, or needing to turn the TV up higher than before. That's why muffled hearing can often be one of the first signs you have a hearing loss.

Which are the most common muffled hearing symptoms?

Muffled hearing is characterised by a sensation of cotton in the ears. You may have other symptoms as well, such as:

  • pain in the ear
  • discharge from the ears
  • a feeling of fullness in the ear
  • ringing in the ear

How do I get help?

If you think you have muffled hearing you should visit your GP or Hearing Aid Audiologist. They can rule out a number of conditions and start you on the journey to better hearing. You can also book an appointment and see one of our experienced Audiologists.

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