Many people suffer from hearing loss but are unaware of it. If you are experiencing certain symptoms, or are at all suspicious of hearing loss, it is best to be tested as soon as possible. Think about the following symptoms and see if they apply to you.
- You have trouble in conversations and often have to ask for repetition.
- You have to turn up the volume on the TV or radio a lot more than normal.
- You hate going to noisy parties, and have trouble talking in large groups.
- You feel you cannot join in on your favorite activities anymore, and you are embarrassed to talk about your hearing.
- You get anxious about holidays or family get-togethers because of all the noise and conversation.
- You have trouble hearing your phone ringing or your alarm clock.
A common effect of hearing loss is that someone can hear the noises around them, but cannot understand what they mean. Other peoples’ speech appears mumbled, and voices from a distance or another room are difficult to comprehend. It also becomes hard to understand children’s high-pitched voices. The most common complaint of those with hearing loss is that they can’t make out what’s being said in noisy areas or public places. These symptoms are all clear indicators of hearing loss, and mean you should get a hearing test as soon as possible.
It can be difficult to accept that you’re suffering from hearing loss. It can happen over a very extended period of time, often as much as seven years, so it’s easy to dismiss as a natural part of the aging process. However, if you have any suspicions or out-of-the-ordinary symptoms, you need to acknowledge them and be tested right away. In the case of children, if you see your child experiencing any of these symptoms, along with delayed speech or inattention, ask your pediatrician about it at your next check-up.