Know These Signs! This Might Be Time For A Hearing Test!
“Untreated hearing loss can have negative effects on your health and happiness. You might first notice that it’s harder to hear in public and other loud settings.” Let’s know more about the hearing loss signs!
1. Having trouble hearing in noisy environments
You’re enjoying dinner at the new restaurant in town, and all that background noise makes it difficult to hear the folks at your table. Restaurants, cocktail parties, and other social venues have become challenging situations. You are unable to follow the conversation over the clinking of cutlery or background music. This is a very common patient complaint heard by hearing care professionals, and if it happens to you often, it could be time for a hearing evaluation.
2. People don’t seem to speak clearly
If everyone around you sounds like the teacher from Charlie Brown, chances are you’re suffering from hearing loss. Perhaps you only have trouble hearing female voices or children. This is typical for age-related hearing loss since the higher pitched sounds are often impacted first.
3. Communication exhausts you
You feel extremely tired at the end of the day, particularly if you attended a lot of meetings or similar events. Listening tasks require more mental effort for people with hearing loss: they not only need to listen, but also to piece together what they hear with additional context clues and non-verbal information and the combined effort can be exhausting.
4. Your family or neighbour complains that your TV is too loud
This complaint is very common among families of people with hearing loss. Television programs can be hard to follow, particularly during times when music is drowning out dialogue. Turning the TV up louder doesn’t always help make the sound clearer. If you consistently need the TV turned up so loud that it’s uncomfortable for others in the room or if your neighbours can hear it, it’s time to get a hearing test.
5. You say “What?” a lot
If “what?” is becoming the most commonly used word in your vocabulary, it could mean you aren’t getting the sound signals you need to process speech correctly. You may have hearing loss.
If you recognize just one or two of these signs, your hearing may not be affected. However, if you frequently recognize more than a few of these signs or any other common hearing loss symptom, getting a baseline hearing test is a good idea!