What are the common signs of hearing loss
“Have you seen Tim?”
“About 3 o’çlock”
Does this seem familiar? Hearing loss can affect your life in a multitude of ways, ranging from simply a mild inconvenience to severe impacts on social, psychological and physical well-being. Detecting and dealing with hearing loss early is very important, but what should you be looking for?
Many people suspect they may have a hearing loss after friends and family tell them they may have a hearing loss!
There are many signs of early hearing loss, some subtle and some obvious. These include:
- Asking other people to repeat themselves
- Answering questions inappropriately
- Other people appear to be muffled or mumbling, even if you can seem to hear them
- Struggling to follow conversations in groups or noisy environments
- Avoiding social situations, sometimes without realising why
- Straining to hear high or low notes in music
- Trouble hearing children or women (they have higher pitched voices)
- Always putting the phone up to one ear or feeling like one side hears better than the other
- Needing the TV or radio volume up higher than most people
- Other people saying you’re speaking very loudly or shouting without you noticing
- Difficulty hearing someone in another room
- Problems following spoken directions
- Ringing, buzzing or humming in the ears
- Avoiding phone conversations, preferring text, email or instant messaging
Many people with mild hearing loss find ways to compensate, such as always facing the person speaking or emailing rather than calling. Over time, these compensation methods become more entrenched as the hearing loss progresses. The emotional and psychological impacts can include stress or annoyance at not being able to hear others, embarrassment or anxiety at having to deal with other people, or even withdrawal from friendships and social situations.
There are other factors that may increase risk of hearing loss such as family history, certain medications or medical conditions or exposure to loud noises. If you suspect that your hearing may not be what it used to be or what it should be, don’t delay in making an appointment with a qualified independent audiologist for a comprehensive assessment. The sooner a loss is detected and attended to, the better for your future hearing.
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