Recognizing the Signs of Hearing Loss

Jesse Western

Jesse has been a member of the Hearing Improvement team since 1996. He originally was trained as a technician and has an intricate knowledge of how hearing aids are made and repaired. Jesse’s desire to work directly with the public lead him to pursue his NBS-HIS license in the spring of 2002.
Jesse Western

Have you been struggling to hear? If your hearing isn’t as sharp as it once was, if you struggle to follow conversations, or if you’re missing the alarm clock every morning, this could point to a hearing loss.

Hearing loss is often a gradual process, and you might not notice the day to day changes in your hearing abilities. That’s why it’s important to recognize the signs of hearing loss so you’ll be able to take charge of your hearing health, and treat your hearing loss as early as possible.

 

Following Conversations

Struggling to follow conversations is one of the earliest signs of hearing loss. You might not notice hearing loss in other areas of your life, but when it comes to understanding what’s been said, you often find yourself asking people to repeat themselves, or you simply smile and nod, and hope you’ll be able to catch up before it’s too late.

Those with mild hearing loss might be able to follow conversations in quiet places, like at home with your loved ones, and can often understand during one-on-one conversations. But in places with a lot of background noise, or with a group of people, your ears and brain simply can’t keep up with the amount of noise around you. You’ll struggle to separate important speech sounds from distracting background sounds from all sides, and even if you think you’ve heard all the words, you won’t be able to make sense of what’s been said. In group settings the speaker changes too often, and you struggle to shift attention quickly enough to follow the conversations flying back and forth across the table.

 

Social Isolation

If you’ve been withdrawing from social situations, or choosing to stay home rather than meeting your friends across town for a drink, it could be due to hearing loss. The emotional signs of hearing loss include stress and anxiety when meeting others, feeling frustrated when trying to communicate, and feeling embarrassed to speak to people, because you often mishear what’s been said, or answer inappropriately. You might not enjoy being with your friends anymore, and you’ve started actively avoiding social events. Treating hearing loss can help you rediscover the joy of close connections, and stave off social isolation.

 

Sounds Seem Muffled

Have you been complaining that everyone around you is mumbling? Do you feel like many of the sounds around you are muffled? This is another common sign of hearing loss, and many people think that if others would just speak clearly, they wouldn’t struggle to hear. Sadly, the problem isn’t in the people around you, it’s in your ears.

 

Cranking Up the Volume

Have you been turning up the volume on the TV, radio, or phone speakers? Does your family complain that it’s much louder than it used to be, or that it’s far too loud? Your loved ones will likely notice your hearing loss before you do, so if they’re telling you that you can’t hear, take it seriously. Reaching for the remote and cranking up the volume is a clear sign of hearing loss, as you increase the volume to compensate for your inability to hear soft or high-pitched sounds.

 

Tinnitus

For many people, tinnitus is an early warning sign of hearing loss. Tinnitus is that annoying ringing, buzzing, or whistling sound you hear in your ears, and it often goes hand in hand with hearing loss. Tinnitus can be very disconcerting, since these are sounds that only you hear, and you’ll only experience tinnitus in the absence of all other sounds in the environment. The best treatment method for tinnitus is to treat your hearing loss with a quality pair of hearing devices that include a tinnitus management program, so you’ll be able to hear as well as finding relief from the tinnitus.

 

Hearing Improvement Center

Hearing loss has often been called an invisible condition, since recognizing the early signs of hearing loss might not be as obvious as you thought. Visit us today at Hearing Improvement Center for a hearing test. We’ll test your hearing range in quiet and in noise and help you determine what type of hearing loss you have. Then, we’ll work together to find the perfect device that will match your lifestyle, budget, and hearing needs.