Losing your hearing may be more significant than you realized. Prior to hearing loss, socializing can often be taken for granted. When we lose our hearing, simple things like listening and engaging conversations can turn difficult. “…when you can’t participate in social activities and interactions, you can become reclusive and less motivated to participate in the world around you,” said Bettie Borton, AuD.
Hearing loss is the third most prevalent, yet treatable problem among seniors. But it’s not just seniors who are suffering from hearing loss. The young , old, and middle-aged are all at risk for hearing loss. In fact, hearing loss is a growing concern for children today. With increase use of headphone technology, noise exposure has replaced aging as the main cause of hearing loss in the United States. An estimated 36 million Americans have hearing loss. What’s more shocking is that only 23 percent use hearing aids. Here are some of the signs you should get your hearing tested:
1. Come again?
It should be obvious that one of the biggest signs that you’re suffering from hearing loss is that you’re constantly asking those around to repeat themselves. It could very well be that conversations sound muffled or mumbled, and higher-pitched voices may prove to be especially difficult to understand. It may be difficult to be in that position, but also consider how it must be difficult for your loved ones as well.
2.Difficulty Hearing in Noisy Places
Hearing loss can make it difficult to hear in noisier places; at a party or a busy restaurant, for example. The unfortunate side effect of this is that people tend to become isolated and depressed. There is a great deal of evidence now that suggests a strong correlation between hearing loss and cognitive decline.
3. The Television’s Volume is Cranked Up
If other people are complaining that the television is turned up too loud, the problem might not be with your TV. A very common sign of hearing loss is that individuals need to turn up their TVs in order to compensate for their inability to hear properly.
4. A High-Pitched Ringing
Tinnitus is a kind of ringing sound in your ears. Oftentimes this occurs after the exposure to very loud noises. For those who suffer from tinnitus, the ringing doesn’t go away. Consider getting a hearing test done if you think this fits your case. In today’s market there are online hearing tests that make it very simple to get tested.
5. Missing Out on the Little Things
This one might be a little harder to pin-point, but you may be missing out on those little, everyday sounds that were once present. For example: when was the last time you heard the chirp of birds? Are you missing calls or alarms? The absence of sound may present itself in subtle ways.
6. Trouble on the Phone
It may be difficult for people with hearing loss to hear during a phone call. This is particularly true in more noisy environments where background noise can create problems.
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This article was written by Jerry Jenson. Jerry loves to write about things that help people. A long-time blogger, Jerry actively seeks out information that can assist others in all kinds of matters.