Hearing loss is an often ignored health issue. Most people, initially, don’t know they’re experiencing it. Usually, it is friends and family that notice the person is not understanding conversation, that the TV is too loud, or that the person does not respond appropriately.
If no single significant event occurred that may have caused a sudden change in hearing ability, it’s typically a slow decline. These are among the most common signs that you or someone you know might have a hearing loss:
- Asking people to repeat themselves often
- Difficulty following conversations that involve more than two people
- Thinking that others are mumbling or speaking quietly
- Difficulty hearing speech in noisy situations
- People commenting about how loud your TV or radio is
- Inappropriate responses during conversation
- Stress from straining to hear what others are saying
- Withdrawing from enjoyable social situations more often
- Family history of hearing loss
- Taking medications that can harm the hearing system
- Diabetes, heart, circulation, or thyroid problems
- History of exposure to loud sounds at work or leisure
Hearing loss is usually gradual, and by identifying these symptoms, you’ve covered step one in the diagnosis process. Having a complete audiological evaluation will reveal the nature and severity of your hearing loss, if any. So if you have identified one or more of these common signs of hearing loss, or have perceived difficulty with your hearing, please contact us today to schedule an exam.