As frequently mentioned in this blog, hearing loss happens gradually over time. Other people may notice you have hearing loss before you do. Getting a hearing test to verify your hearing loss and seeking early treatment from a professional can significantly reduce the effects of hearing loss. In order to ensure that you’ll be able to recognize the symptoms of hearing loss, look for the following signs.
1. You Have Difficulty Following along during Conversations
When people speak to one another, they normally have a spectrum of frequencies. Women and children tend to speak at a higher pitch compared to men. This can make it challenging to understand conversations, especially when multiple people are talking or if there’s too much background noise.
If you noticed these issues, get your hearing tested by a hearing healthcare provider. They will be able to assess your hearing abilities and confirm whether or not you are experiencing hearing loss.
2. Do Words and other Noises Sound Muffled?
Individuals with hearing loss are generally able to hear obvious sounds, but in some cases are unable to identify or distinguish the differences between specific sounds. The phrase, “I can hear, but can’t understand” is a common feeling among people with hearing loss. Temporary and permanent hearing loss can lead to hearing muffled sounds, so it’s important to contact a hearing healthcare provider.
The sooner you get help, the sooner you can receive proper treatment to slow down any further hearing loss.
Depending on what caused your hearing loss, temporary hearing loss can be treated by a hearing health care provider. A permanent hearing loss would require the guidance of a hearing instrument specialist who can provide proper treatment with the use of hearing aids.
3. Is it difficult to use a Phone?
Hearing loss can become very evident when listening to another person on the other end of a phone call. In other cases, you might think that your earbuds or headphones are broken because you can no longer clearly hear the audio.
Struggling to use the phone is one of the first signs that you may have hearing loss. There are many treatment options that can help you hear better and allow you to effortlessly use your smartphone or other electronics. Most modern hearing aids have Bluetooth®, which can stream phone calls from your smartphone, music, movies, and other media directly into your hearing aids.
4. Do Others Tell You that You’re Shouting?
When the people that you communicate with on a regular basis inform you that you are shouting louder than normal, you probably need to get your hearing tested.
If you are constantly asked by others to lower the volume on your TV, computer, or radio, you probably need to get your hearing tested.
Are you, or a loved one, experiencing hearing loss? If so, contact us at Pure Sound Hearing for a free hearing test and consultation.
Please be aware that Pure Sound will only be open by appointment and for essential visits at this time. Essential visits include all appointments that require repairs, re-fittings, and new hearing aid fittings. If you are having any issues with your hearing aids, or need supplies for your hearing aids, please contact us before stopping by one of our office locations.