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.