How do I recognize hearing loss?
Hearing loss usually begins unnoticed
Ultimately, you can only hear what you hear. That is why the things you hear may still seem right to you, even though you may already experience a slight hearing loss. The truth is that your brain simply adjusts to the new situation and compensates for the weakened signals coming from the ears. After a while your brain literally forgets how to hear because it does not remember the sound of words. This is why you should take steps now to see how well you actually hear.
Common signs of hearing loss
- Asking others to repeat themselves
- Turning up the TV or radio to volume levels others find loud
- Having trouble understanding conversation in noisy places
- Feeling like other people mumble or slur their words
- Having trouble hearing women’s and children’s voices
- Having trouble hearing on the telephone
- Feeling more irritable or depressed
- Avoiding social situations that were once enjoyable
- Having difﬁculty following a fast-moving conversation
- Missing important information in meetings
- Being told by others that you have hearing loss
Consequences of hearing loss
Studies have shown that people with hearing loss that do not use hearing aids experience more sadness, fear and anxiety than hearing aid users. They reduce their social activities, become emotionally unstable and have trouble concentrating.
If hearing loss is not corrected, it can also result in physical issues such as tiredness or fatigue, headaches, vertigo and stress.
Hearing Loss Illustration
When hearing ability is measured, the quietest sounds that an individual can hear (hearing threshold) are plotted on such a diagram. Depending on how your hearing test results fall on this graph, you can see a clear picture of how you are hearing and perhaps what sounds you are missing.