Everyone knows that difficulty hearing is a sign of hearing loss – so why is there a need to discuss symptoms? As you’ll see, it’s often more complicated than simply noticing that you can’t hear. The inability to hear usually occurs gradually and as a result, can be difficult to detect. A decrease in hearing may not be the first symptom that you notice when your hearing starts to diminish. Others may notice your problem first or you may experience other signs that signal trouble. Keep in mind, it’s hard to know what you’re missing when you can’t hear.
Do You Have Hearing Loss?
While the following signs often point to the possibility of loss, the amount or degree of loss can affect the severity of these symptoms.
Ears ringing. Tinnitus is the medical term for ringing in the ears. Ringing in your ears can point to problems with your auditory system. Tinnitus and hearing loss often occur together and can signal damage in the inner ear.
Volume too loud. If your family or friends notice that the volume level of your earphones or TV is too high, you could be increasing the volume to compensate for hearing loss.
Difficulty understanding. Trouble understanding conversations is one of the most common signs of hearing loss. During a conversation, you may miss a few key words that prevent you from understanding the dialogue.
Trouble hearing on the phone. We all have a bad phone connection now and then, but if listening on the phone is becoming troublesome, it could be your ears.
Think others mumble. It’s often hard to admit hearing loss. It’s common to look for another cause for understanding difficulties. You may think your spouse, friends, kids or grandchildren do not speak clearly, when it’s actually your ears.
Ask others to repeat. A lack of focus or attention may not be the reason that you need others to say it again. You may need them to speak louder and slower due to hearing loss.
Avoid restaurants or gatherings. If you dread going to the restaurant that your spouse enjoys or celebrating a family party, a decrease in hearing may be affecting your mood.
Tired after socializing. Hearing loss can make piecing together conversations very exhausting.
Difficulty hearing high pitched voices. High frequency sounds are often the first to be affected by decreased hearing. If you can hear everyone expect female or children’s voices, consider that it may be your ears.
Can’t hear environmental sounds. You may not even notice that you stopped hearing certain background sounds. For example, you may not miss insignificant sounds that aren’t critical to your everyday life such as papers rustling as you’re reading or the hum of the refrigerator.
Get a Hearing Test
The best way to determine if you have hearing loss is to call us at (314) 227-0571 to schedule a comprehensive hearing test with one of our qualified audiologists. They will determine the type and cause of your loss and let you know whether the decrease is permanent or temporary. If the loss is permanent and can be helped with amplification, they will recommend the best hearing aid for you.