Losing your hearing is a serious medical problem that needs to be addressed as soon as possible. However, many people don’t address the problem because they aren’t sure whether it warrants attention or not. Starting to lose your hearing can be a difficult thing to admit to yourself. But, if you’re suffering from any of the following symptoms, it’s time to seek some professional help.
You Have Trouble Hearing the Phone
If you’re having a conversation with someone on a mobile phone, you may not be able to hear them well because of a bad connection. However, if you’re repeatedly having trouble or you find yourself turning up the speaker volume, it could mean more than a bad connection. If you’re struggling to hear over the phone, check your volume levels. If they’re as high as they can go, it could mean you’re starting to suffer from hearing loss.
Difficulty Following Conversations
When you’re in a large group of people and there’s more than one person talking, it can be difficult to follow the conversations. Hearing what two people say at once can be a struggle for the best of hearers, but when it’s a constant problem for you, you may need to investigate further. We often lose hearing in one ear before the other, so you may not be able to keep up with the person to the right of you but hear the person to the left of you perfectly.
Your TV is too Loud
To you the volume of your TV may seem normal. However, if your family members are coming into your home and mentioning how loud your TV volume is, it could be because you’re becoming hard of hearing or you need hearing aid repair. When you get an unexpected knock on the door and the neighbours are complaining about the volume, it’s a clear sign that your hearing isn’t what it used to be. We all begin to lose our hearing as we get older, but that doesn’t mean the problem should be ignored.
You Can’t Hear in Noisy Environments
So, you’re out for a romantic meal with your partner in a busy restaurant. The food is stunning, the drinks are flowing but you can’t hear a word anyone is saying. If you struggle to hear in noisy environments, it may not be that the noise needs to tone down. Not being able to hold a conversation in a noisy environment is another sign that your hearing may need to be checked. All you need to do is arrange an appointment with your doctor. There are even some opticians that will check your hearing for you too.
You Ask People to Repeat Themselves
Asking someone to repeat themselves isn’t a sign of hearing loss. But if you notice yourself doing it more and more often, you may need some help. Saying the word ‘what?’ a few times a day is a noticeable sign that you should get your hearing checked. If you’ve come to the point where you’re trying to lip read as well as hear what the person is saying, it’s time for medical intervention.
You Don’t Understand
It’s easy for some people to get confused when it comes to whether they need a hearing test or not. There are many people who feel like they can hear the same kind of volume they did before, but they can’t understand the words being said. If you’re finding it difficult to understand sentences or you feel like everyone you speak to is mumbling, there’s a high chance it’s down to your hearing. The part of your ear that connects messages to the brain has developed a disconnection that a hearing aid could help to fix.
You Become Frustrated Easily
Living with any kind of medical condition can be frustrating. When you haven’t got full use of your body, it can make you feel helpless and even angry with others. If you start to feel frustrated or angry at others when you can’t hear them properly, it’s time to get some help. Taking it out on loved ones because you can’t quite work out what they’re saying can make life miserable for all of you.
Getting a hearing test won’t take more than an hour of your time and you may get answers you’ve been searching for, for a long time. Whatever the diagnosis, getting the help you need to hear well again can be life-changing, for you and those around you.