As you grow up, you notice when your eyesight is going. You squint a little more to see signs as you drive and you can’t see the television as far as you could before. You go to the cinema and work and you get headaches because your eyes are straining to see the screens. Hearing loss is much like sight loss, but you don’t often notice it happening. It’s not something that happens overnight, but you may not know what to do about it.
Perhaps you clean out your ears (though you shouldn’t), or you start yelling “what?” every time someone talks to you (though you shouldn’t have to). Hearing loss is slower and yet while you won’t’ wake up one morning and be unable to hear, you should still be mindful of what’s happening so that you can speak to the professionals while you can. You could need a hearing aid fitting, or you could need someone to test your hearing and figure out whether there is an underlying issue to be aware of. Either way, you need to take action with your hearing loss and we’ve got five signs to look out for that you should really take notice of!
Signs Of Hearing Loss
- You Can’t Hear Telephone Callers. The more you shove your phone into your ear, the more you should recognize that you need some hearing help! You shouldn’t have to try and swallow your phone just to hear the people at the other end. If a regular phone call is tough for you to hear, then you need to speak to a professional who can help you out!
- The TV Can’t Get Louder. It’s been turned right up to the top and you are still struggling to hear it! You need to think about what else you cannot hear, and then keep an eye on how much of it all you are able to hear. Once you know that you’re definitely struggling, you can see an audiologist or doctor to get some advice.
- “Pardon?” It’s a word you say when you cannot hear what people are saying to you. You say it over and over because you’re having trouble hearing what your friends and family are saying and it’s so frustrating!
- Isolation. One of the most common stresses for someone struggling with their hearing is isolation. Being unable to hear leaves you missing out on snippets of conversation and when this happens, you can’t stay as happy as you would usually because it’s confusing to keep up. You quickly become worried about asking people to repeat themselves, so you stop joining in and you’re suddenly more isolated than ever before. It’s concerning and scary, and it’s unfair to have to deal with it.
- Lack Of Clarity. Most people with hearing loss hear distortion in their conversation and the sounds of certain letters are dropped out. The lack of clarity can be worrying and frustrating, but if you speak to the right professionals, you can get some support and help for the hearing issues you’re dealing with.
Have you struggles with hearing loss? What was one of the first things that made you realize there may be an issue? Let me know in the comments below and thanks for reading!