Admitting that your hearing is deteriorating is difficult for many people to accept. But acknowledgement of hearing loss, and addressing the issue with a professional is the first step towards improving your quality of life.
Because hearing loss can occur very gradually, it can be difficult to actually recognize some of the telltale signs of hearing loss. Here, in no particular order, are some preliminary signs that your hearing may be in decline:
Phone Conversations are Becoming Difficult.
When people start to lose their hearing, they often compensate, often without realizing, by using peoples lip movement and verbal cues to pick up the parts of conversations that they are missing. On the phone, those are, of course, not available. If you notice that you’re struggling more and more with understanding the person on the other end of the line, the problem could be more problematic than a bad connection.
Others mention that you turn the volume up too high on the TV.
This is not necessarily restricted to the television – it can apply to any media device. But if your family or friends have been gently poking fun that you always have the television volume cranked up, it could be that you’re compensating for a loss of hearing ability.
You’re starting to have difficulty in noisy environments.
Often, a telling sign of hearing loss is that it becomes difficult for you to hear the person sitting across from you in environments with lots of background noise, like restaurants.
You struggle to hear or understand women and children.
High frequency hearing loss is the most common type of hearing loss, and those are the frequencies that the voices of women and children tend to fall into. Difficulty hearing them can be a telltale sign that you are experiencing hearing loss.
You are asking people to repeat themselves very frequently.
Regardless of our hearing ability, we all miss little parts of conversations in our day-to-day life. But if you find that you are increasingly missing words, or frequently asking people to repeat themselves, it is a possible sign that your hearing is deteriorating.
A few other possible signs of hearing loss:
- You experience ringing in your ears.
- Voices sound muffled to you, or people frequently seem as if they’re mumbling.
- You find it challenging to get through a day of straining to hear, to the point where it’s fatiguing.
- You are avoiding social situations due to your difficulties in following conversations.
How to Address Your Hearing Loss
If you frequently experience some or all of these symptoms, it could be a sign that you have some level of hearing loss. You’re not alone in that regard – about one in five adults report some degree of it. The important thing is to address it promptly to make sure that it doesn’t affect your quality of life.
We recommend that you give our online hearing test a try. It takes only a few minutes and is a great place to start. Or, if you’re in the Ottawa or Eastern Ontario region, book a hearing appointment at your local Robillard Hearing Centres location.
Our team of audiology specialists have provided the most trusted hearing healthcare to the National Capital Region since 1958, and are ready to put you on the path to improved hearing today.