One example of symptoms that may contribute to hearing loss includes fluid or pus being discharged by the ear. These symptoms can be associated with an infection or some type of injury and can ultimately lead to hearing loss. One sign that hearing may be becoming less functional is when hearing becomes muffled or garbled. This is also associated with a typical scenario where it becomes difficult to understand what other people are saying. This situation can be further “exasperated” by the case where there are multiple people in a room talking at the same time.