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4 Signs You Have Hearing Loss

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Many people experience hearing loss at one stage or another throughout their life. Indeed, it’s estimated that around 20% of the population have hearing loss at any one time. If the hearing loss is going to be successfully managed, then it’s important that action is taken as soon as possible. Alas, this isn’t always the case. It’s thought that a third of the people that are experiencing hearing loss do not seek treatment. While there could be many reasons for this, the most likely reason is that the person with the hearing loss doesn’t fully recognize the loss they're experiencing. 

In this article, we’re going to take a look at four common signs of hearing loss. If you have one or more of these symptoms, then it’s important to schedule an appointment with an audiologist.

In social settings

One of the first signs that your hearing may have deteriorated is finding it difficult to keep up with conversations in loud, busy environments, especially when you’re trying to stay a part of a group conversation. If you find that you’re not able to keep up with conversations in busy restaurants, bars and cafes, then it’ll be worthwhile visiting a hearing loss professional, who will be able to determine the extent of your hearing loss.

You misunderstand people

Hearing loss doesn’t just affect the volume of noise that you can hear. It can impact your ability to hear clearly. This can make things confusing, since a person may say one thing, but you believe they’ve said another. If you’re continually getting into confusing conversations because you’re mishearing what is being said, or people are repeatedly having to repeat what they’ve said, then you may be experiencing hearing loss. Taking care of the issue as soon as possible can help to prevent further frustrating conversations.

Your family tell you the tv/radio is loud

Our friends and family are usually the first people to point out that you may want to get your hearing checked. While they might tell you, this related to the conversations they have with you, they’ll be just as likely to point out that you’re listening to the television or radio at an overly loud volume.

Listening makes you tired

If you find that you’re getting mentally drained from social conversations, then it could be that you have hearing loss. Straining to hear what’s being said can use up a lot of brainpower, which throughout the course of a day, can make us tired. Getting a hearing aid will make following and participating in conversations much more straightforward. 

While it can be difficult to believe you may be experiencing hearing loss, the good news is that these days, there are more options than ever to help push your hearing in the right direction and all-around improve your quality of life. Visit an experienced audiologist, and they’ll be able to determine the extent of your loss, as well as offer some treatment options, such as a hearing aid.