Hearing loss can happen to anyone. Today more than 48 million Americans have some degree of hearing loss. Since it often happens gradually, the symptoms can be subtle or easy to miss.
Hearing loss can happen to anyone. It is a very common physical condition that can happen suddenly or gradually over time. Therefore, you shouldn't be surprised if at some point you realize your hearing has started to decline. Here are some common signs of hearing loss to watch for, which means it may be time for a hearing test:
When hearing loss sets in, you'll probably find that you experience all kinds of misunderstandings when people are speaking to you. This can often lead to a string of misinterpretations and can cause miscommunication between you and those you’re speaking to. If you often find yourself mistaking what people say to you, hearing loss could definitely be to blame.
Asking others to constantly repeat themselves is not only frustrating to those trying to tell you something, but it can start to make you feel uncomfortable as well. It is for this exact reason that people suffering from hearing loss often resort to nodding and smiling when people talk, even if they're not catching a word.
Many people develop adaptive behaviors—or habits—to help compensate for the hearing loss in social settings. They may not even realize they’re doing it! Learn more about the two most common social signs of hearing loss.
If several of these signs and symptoms of hearing loss sound familiar, you may have hearing loss. It’s okay—you’re not alone. The first step you should take if you feel you may be suffering from hearing loss is to have your hearing checked by a Miracle-Ear Hearing Instrument Specialist. They'll help determine the degree of hearing loss, if any, and whether hearing aids could help. Thanks to the wide availability of hearing aid technology, hearing loss doesn’t have to control your life.