There are a lot of health issues that we really don’t take that much time to think about compared to others. The only time we think about our hearing health is likely to be whenever we notice a change in it. However, how do you know the difference between a benign and temporary change in your hearing, and how do you know when you’re supposed to get it checked out? Here are some of the signs you should be sure to not ignore.
People say that your TV or radio is too loud
You might not notice that you’re consistently turning up your volume, but others will. If others comment on how loud your TV or radio is, and you’re surprised by this, then it’s a sign that you might be experiencing some noise-related hearing loss. If you do notice it yourself that you have had to turn the TV up, then that’s a sign that things have progressed far enough to be obvious.
You have trouble understanding speech
Are you frequently having miscommunication issues? Having to ask people to repeat what they say? Perhaps even physically straining to listen better to them? Struggling to hear speech is one of the surest signs of hearing loss. Aside from amplifying your hearing, in particular, one of the big benefits of hearing aids is canceling out noise aside from speech, so that it’s much easier to understand. As such, there’s always a solution to the hearing troubles you might be having.
You’re feeling more isolated and stressed by company
Believe it or not, you might be suffering from issues related to hearing people without even realizing that it’s your ears that are giving you the trouble. If you’re feeling like you are drained after a conversation or that meeting people stresses you out, it might be that you’re expending more energy to listen than you realize. It’s not the only potential cause, but hearing related-issues can be a problem so it’s worth at least checking your hearing.
There’s a ringing in your ear
The changes to your hearing don’t necessarily have to be some kind of hearing loss for you to go see an audiologist and get your ears checked. Another very common issue they deal with is tinnitus, aka, a ringing in your ear or head.
There are any changes to your hearing at all
Your hearing health isn’t just a question of how much you can or can’t hear. Sometimes, the changes can be a little more subtle. Sometimes, it can feel like sounds are muffled, or are more echoey, or that your ear feels full. There are many different causes of ear health issues, but a hearing test and examination can help you get to the bottom of many of them.
It’s easy to ignore the little niggling health changes that don’t cause us too much pain or distress, but it’s important to make sure you don’t do that when it comes to your hearing. Hearing changes are permanent, so acting on them quickly is always the best idea.
Have you experienced hearing loss yourself or have any loved ones? What were the signs you wish you’d known to look for? Let me know in the comments below and thanks for reading!