How to Recognize Hearing Problems?
Hearing loss often goes unnoticed for a long while. This is especially true in younger people because there is a common misconception that hearing loss only affects the elderly. Some people also feel self-conscious about wearing hearing aids, so they ignore the problem and hope that it will go away. But that is a dangerous attitude to have towards hearing loss because it will only get worse. Neglecting to use hearing aids when you need them can have a big impact on your life as a whole because it affects your social life, your ability to concentrate at work and it can even increase your risk of cognitive decline. That’s why it is so important that you identify hearing loss early on and seek the advice of an audiologist.
Unfortunately, a lot of people do not know how to recognize the signs of hearing loss and it happens gradually without people noticing. If you are worried about your hearing, these are some of the signs of hearing loss that you should look out for.
Using the telephone
It is harder to hear somebody on the telephone than it is when speaking to somebody in person, so the symptoms of hearing loss often appear there first. Even though you may not notice any difference when talking to people normally, you might notice that you have a hard time hearing on the telephone. In some cases, it is just a bad connection, but if you cannot hear well every time you use the phone, you may need to see an audiologist. Checking the volume control can give you a good indication of whether you may have hearing loss or not. If the volume is turned right down, putting it up a little may solve your problem. But if the volume is already at full and you are still finding it difficult to hear people, you should see an audiologist.
Following multiple speakers
Hearing loss can go unnoticed because people do not have trouble following conversations with a single person. However, following a conversation with multiple people requires more effort and it is important that you are able to pick out different sounds and differentiate between them. In the early stages of hearing loss, you may find that this is difficult. Even if you are fine in a conversation with one person, it is still a cause for concern if you find it hard to follow large conversations at social occasions.
Noisy environments also cause trouble for people with hearing loss because they cannot differentiate between speech and background noise. If you are in a bar with loud music playing, it is perfectly normal to have trouble hearing people talk. However, if the background conversation in a restaurant causes you to have trouble hearing, that is an indication that you have hearing loss and you should see an audiologist.
Hearing women and children
Hearing loss tends to affect higher frequencies first, so in the early stages you may find that it is harder to hear women and children, but you do not have trouble with people that have a deeper voice. This is particularly true of age-related hearing loss. If you have trouble following conversations in some situations but not in others, you should try to take note of certain people that you cannot hear properly. If they are all people with higher pitched voices, you may have hearing loss.
This one is harder to spot because there are a lot of other reasons why you may feel fatigued at the end of a long day. However, if you cannot identify the reason for excessive tiredness, it is worth considering whether you have any of the other symptoms of hearing loss. Straining to hear people all day, especially in a busy office, is very tiring. It is very common for people with hearing loss to experience fatigue and headaches at the end of a long day, so if this is a problem for you, it is worth visiting an audiologist and getting your hearing checked.
Complaints about TV volume
People with hearing loss have trouble listening to the TV, and this is often one of the first signs that people around you pick up on. If your family or even your neighbors are always complaining that you have the TV too loud, you should get checked by an audiologist. It may sound like a reasonable volume to you, but that is only because you have hearing loss.
If you are experiencing a combination of some of these symptoms, call the Hearing Solution Center today at 704-912-4422.