Some of the more common signs of hearing loss are an inability to hear conversations on the phone or TV, trouble following two or more people talking at the same time or in settings with a lot of background noise, and confusion about where sound is coming from. People with hearing loss may miss parts of sentences and need others to repeat themselves, or they may avoid social gatherings because they cannot reply appropriately. Family members are often the first to notice a loved one’s hearing loss. One or more of these symptoms may point to the need for an evaluation by hearing professional.