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Signs of Hearing Loss

Hearing loss is often a gradual process. Most people don’t know they’re experiencing it until it’s too late — and even then, they may assume that it’s a temporary problem.

If no single significant event occurred that may have caused a sudden change in hearing ability, it’s typically a slow decline. These are among the most common signs that you or someone you know might have a hearing loss:

  • Frequently asking people to repeat themselves
  • Difficulty understanding on the telephone – especially if it is more difficult on one ear than the other
  • Difficulty following conversations that involve more than two people
  • Thinking that others are mumbling or speaking quietly
  • Difficulty hearing speech in noisy situations
  • People commenting about how loud the volume of the television is set
  • Inappropriate responses during conversation
  • Stress from straining to hear what others are saying
  • Withdrawing from enjoyable social situations
  • Family history of hearing loss
  • Taking medications that can harm the hearing system
  • Diabetes, heart, circulation, or thyroid problems
  • History of exposure to loud sounds at work or leisure

Hearing loss is usually gradual, and by identifying these symptoms, you’ve covered step one in the diagnosis process. But only an accurate hearing exam can reveal if you are having difficulty with specific sounds or if your hearing as a whole is suffering. Please contact us today to schedule an exam if you have identified one or more of these common signs of a hearing loss.

Frequently Asked Questions

Hearing loss is a puzzle that our professionals love to solve, and it is based on your individual experiences, lifestyle, and severity of impairment. There is no one-size-fits-all treatment method for hearing loss. A quality hearing system from a reputable manufacturer isn’t effective until an experienced, qualified audiologist programs the technology properly based on your unique hearing needs.
Yes. A 25-year study by the Department of Aging revealed a strong connection between hearing loss and dementia and there is strong evidence that hearing loss accelerates brain-tissue loss, particularly in areas of the brain that auditory nerves would stimulate but can’t because it isn’t receiving a signal (due to a hearing loss). These areas of the brain are also related to memory and speech. A new 25-year study, published in the October 2015 edition of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, shows wearing hearing aids reduces the amount of cognitive decline associated with hearing loss. Individuals with a mild hearing loss are three times more likely to fall down than those without, and the likelihood of falls increases as degree of hearing loss increases. Hearing loss has also been linked to diabetes, cardiovascular disease, sickle-cell anemia, and other circulatory conditions.
Hearing loss is cumulative and can begin as an infant if around loud noise, and continues throughout life. Most individuals don’t begin to experience symptoms until their late 20s or early 30s, and by age 45 a yearly hearing check becomes of greater importance. One-third of people beyond the age of 65 have some degree of hearing loss, however mild or severe. The incidence increases as one becomes older.
Unfortunately, many forms of hearing loss are permanent because there is no cure. Treatment methods that feature amplification fit to your specific hearing loss by an audiologist typically have the highest user satisfaction for improved hearing and improved quality of life.
Protecting your hearing from noise levels greater than 85 decibels at work and during leisurely activities will greatly reduce your chances of noise-induced hearing loss. Many manufacturing jobs require hearing protection in loud environments, but hearing protection is also recommended while ATV riding, hunting, attending concerts and sporting events, and playing music — all situations where hearing is vulnerable.
Yes, hearing loss can be hereditary. Some conditions are genetic and present at birth or show up later in life, and others have no genetic markers. Often comparing hearing test results and it’s progression to other family members is the only way to tell if it is familial. Often low-frequency hearing loss is hereditary in nature, but not always.
Have your hearing tested by an audiologist and see your physician immediately if you experience sudden hearing loss. Sudden hearing loss is considered a medical emergency and seeking medical assistance within 72 hours of the onset greatly improves the chances that your hearing will recover. Eastside Audiology prioritizes those who believe they are experiencing sudden hearing loss. Call us immediately and we will make sure you receive the attention you need that same day if at all possible. If not, we will get you to an appropriate professional who can see you right away.