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How do I know if I have Hearing Loss?

Did you know that you can begin losing your hearing and not even know it? Because it is a slow process, little by little you may lose your ability to hear clearly, and so compensate automatically for those lapses in audio clarity. As a consequence, many of the tens of millions of Americans who experience hearing loss have no idea until it has gotten bad enough to warrant intervention, and even then it can take time.

Any number of causes can be behind audio dysfunction, such as aging, trauma to the head or inner ear, exposure to loud sounds, infections, medication side effects, medical conditions, and more.

Here are some signs you are losing your hearing:

  • You have trouble understanding individual words people are saying, even though you can hear their voices.
  • You have to ask people to repeat themselves, sometimes multiple times, so you can understand them.
  • You keep missing bits of information, such as parts of stories or jokes.
  • It sounds to you as though people are mumbling.
  • Other people seem to pick up details that you miss, such as in group conversations.
  • Your TV or radio is always turned up much higher than other people have it.
  • You have trouble hearing when someone is knocking at your door, or your phone rings.
  • You begin compensating by watching people’s mouths move when they speak.
  • Environment based sounds, like the chirping of birds or rumble of passing trucks, is absent or muffled.
  • You begin spending less time with some people because you can’t understand or hear them, or not going to some public places or events because you know it will be noisy enough to be disorienting for you.

Some of these symptoms may seem minor, but they have can have a serious impact on your life and relationships. They also show that there is potentially a problem. If you have experience one or various of the symptoms on this list, or if you are suffering from other inner ear problems like a ringing in the ear, or dizziness, it is time to set an appointment with a hearing specialist that can perform a thorough exam. An audiologist can test your speech and sound understanding, hearing levels, and find any physical damage that could be causing the hearing impairment.

An audiogram will be used to see all this data visually, and get an idea of how severe the problem has (or may) become. In some cases you may need medical intervention, which could include medication, surgery, or audio enhancing devices such as hearing aids.

Find out more by visiting Hearing Doctors.