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Audiologist Lists 4 Signs of Hearing Loss

Man with Hearing Loss

Affecting over one-in-ten adults, hearing loss is common enough that should you suspect you may have some form of it, it is best to arrange an appointment with your audiologist. Here, however, we are going to look at four of the most common symptoms that can help you know when you should be concerned.

Needing higher volumes

One occurrence that may suggest you have hearing loss is a need to increase the volume of music or television speakers to fully hear them. Many people with hearing loss will be asked why they have turned up the volume so high, not realizing how loud the noise may be to others in the home or wherever else you may be. Similarly, if you have to turn up the volume of a device because background noise is muffling it too much, that can be another sound.

Difficult discerning speech

Some people hear some kinds of noise just fine but will have difficulty understanding others. Speech is often one of the first difficulties faced by many people with hearing loss. For instance, you may find yourself having to ask several people to repeat what they have said or you might have a better time understanding them if you’re directly facing them. Another sign of hearing loss might be that you can hear someone speaking, but you have difficulty interpreting what they are saying in comparison to others listening to them.

Missing certain pitches or tones of noise

Particularly with age-related hearing loss, higher pitches and tones can become difficult to catch in some cases. For instance, you may not be able to hear a doorbell, birdsong or the higher parts of melody as well as you were once able to. Some people may also experience this as having difficulty listening to and communicating with women and children, who tend to have higher-pitched voices. It can be difficult to understand what sounds you are missing when you are alone, so if you suspect this is affecting you, you may want to have a friend or family member present to test out your ability to hear certain noises.

Emotional and personal side-effects

You may already be reacting to the isolating effects that can be caused by hearing loss without fully being aware. For instance, many people with undiagnosed hearing loss tend to feel like they are missing out or will sideline themselves during a conversation because they cannot follow it. Frequent misunderstandings may cause some level of social anxiety, which may lead you to spend more time in isolation to avoid embarrassment. Being stressed out from having trouble in conversation and nervous about trying to understand friends or colleagues could be just as serious a warning sign as any of those mentioned in the other points.

If you experience one or more of the above, you may have hearing loss. An audiologist can arrange an examination to see the specifics and diagnose whether or not you do have any form of hearing loss. What’s more, they can provide options like hearing aids to help improve your hearing, as well as advice on how to protect your ears better in future.