Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Hearing Loss Signs To Watch Out For

 

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There are a number of different reasons why people experience hearing loss. Sometimes, hearing loss can happen suddenly, but often it tends to happen gradually over time, and so you may not even notice it at first.


Hearing loss does usually happen because of old age, yet there are a number of other reasons why people end up suffering some form of hearing impairment. This can include the following:


  • Diabetes

  • Meningitis

  • Ototoxic drugs

  • Shingles

  • Viral infections

  • Excessive noise exposure

  • Injury 


Hearing loss can also be temporary or it can be permanent. You may notice that you have other symptoms, for example, an earache, a spinning sensation, which is known as vertigo, or unusual noises in your ear, which is known as tinnitus. An audiologist will be able to help you with tinnitus management should have you have this condition.


In this blog post, we are going to take you through some of the different signs that you may be experiencing hearing loss at the moment. If you notice any of the signs that we mention, the important thing to do is book a hearing test with an audiologist as soon as possible. They will be able to do a test on your hearing to determine whether you have any hearing loss, and if you do, they will be able to measure the extent of it.


So, what are some of the indicators that you could have hearing loss?


One of the first signs that someone has hearing loss is when they are not able to hear what other people are saying clearly and they often misunderstand them. This tends to happen in noisy places. But as the hearing loss gets worse, it can happen at any time and any place.


You may also be experiencing hearing loss if you find that you need to ask people to repeat themselves all of the time. Have you started to notice that people have been commenting on how loud you have the television or how loud you listen to music? This is another indicator that you could have some form of hearing loss. When people are struggling to hear as effectively as they usually would, they often notice that the level of volume on their devices has started to creep up higher and higher.


You also need to pay attention to your conversations on the telephone. If you are struggling to have a conversation with the person on the other end, and you often ask them to repeat themselves, then this could be an indication that need to have your hearing checked.


If you are feeling stressed and tired because you have to concentrate on listening so heavily, we definitely recommend that you see an audiologist as soon as possible. When we have to go the extra mile to do tasks that should be easy and come naturally to us, this can end up causing a lot of stress. This can take its toll on other areas of your life, and so the sooner you get it dealt with, the better! 


Signs of hearing loss in one ear


It can be more difficult to tell if you have hearing loss in only one ear. However, there are a number of signs and indicators that you can look out for. This includes the following:


  • Finding it difficult to hear in places that are noisy or over long distances

  • Finding speech unclear

  • Finding it difficult to tell different sounds apart or to ignore background noise

  • Finding it difficult to determine where a sound is coming from

  • All sounds seem quieter than usual in general

  • Your hearing is worse when sound comes from one side


These are some of the signs that you may have hearing loss in one year. This tends to be caused because of an ear infection or earwax. If you are unsure, the best thing to do is book an appointment and have an ear test so that you can get to the bottom of the issue and have peace of mind. It may simply be that you need to have a piece of impacted earwax removed from your ear!


So there you have it: some of the signs and indications that you may be experiencing hearing loss at the moment. If you have noticed any of the indicators that we have discussed in this blog post, we recommend you see an audiologist as soon as possible. Yes, it can be worrying to do so, but the sooner the issue is dealt with, the more chance you have of it not having such a massive impact on your life.

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