Is it Time to Address Your Hearing?
How to Recognize the Signs of Hearing Loss
Hearing loss occurs gradually. So it’s not unusual for people to accommodate and ignore the signs. If more than two or three of the following scenarios apply to you, it would be a good idea to get your hearing tested.
- You ask people to repeat themselves frequently.
- You have difficulty following conversations involving more than two people.
- It often sounds like other people are mumbling.
- You avoid restaurants, malls, or crowded meetings because you know you’ll have trouble hearing.
- You sometimes stay home alone because you’re nervous about hearing people if you go out.
- You feel stressed from straining to hear and understand.
- You feel annoyed at other people when you can’t hear them.
- You are nervous about meeting new people because you’re afraid you won’t understand them.
- You have experienced speech deterioration.
- You often find yourself adjusting to hear better.
- You have a strained expression around the eyes during conversations.
- You have experienced more fatigue than usual, especially after social situations.
- You often watch speakers’ mouths to understand what they are saying.
- You have constant ringing in your ears.
- You have a family history of hearing loss.
- You take medication that can harm your hearing (ototoxic drugs).
- You have diabetes, heart, circulation or thyroid problems.
- You’ve been exposed to very loud sounds over a prolonged period of time.