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As with any medical condition, hearing loss isn’t something pleasant to experience, nor is it a medical problem you wish to experience. Yet, the sad truth is that eight of ten people over the age of 12 in the United States experience hearing loss at some stage of their lives. The majority of hearing loss starts in the 20-39 year age group and continues with more people affected as people age.
We like to think that hearing loss is something you’d associate with getting older. But, it’s something that anyone can experience at any age. Did you know that even babies and young children can also develop a loss of hearing? You’re likely here today reading this blog post because you have concerns for your hearing.
If any of the following apply to you, it might be worth seeing your doctor and getting some advice on what you should do next:
1. You have trouble hearing people on the phone
One of the most common signs that you could be experiencing hearing loss is if you frequently find it hard to hear what people say to you on the telephone. Both fixed and mobile telephones have volume controls that can amplify the sound of the person talking to you. If you find you keep needing to increase the volume, it’s time to get your hearing tested.
2. You get lost in conversation
It’s not unusual to find yourself in a scenario where there’s more than one group of individuals talking to each other simultaneously. Do you find it hard to process what more than one person says at the same time, regardless of whether they are talking to you or each other? And do you end up feeling frustrated because you can’t follow the flow of the conversations? If so, it might be a sign that you’re encountering hearing loss.
3. You listen to your TV or the radio at high volumes
Another sure sign that you could be having trouble hearing things is when you need to crank up the volume on your TV or radio. Those actions by themselves don’t signify any problems. Instead, it’s more when people like your family, friends, or even neighbors make comments about how loud you have your TV or radio!
4. You’re experiencing tinnitus
Tinnitus is where people “hear” a ringing sound in their ears all the time. It affects about 20 percent of the population, and isn’t a condition as such but more an underlying symptom of one. The most common reason for tinnitus is that the person is experiencing hearing loss. And the reason for that could be down to age or an ear injury.
5. You find it draining listening to people talking
Have you noticed that you feel both physically and mentally exhausted simply from listening to what people are saying? One of the symptoms of hearing loss is physical and mental fatigue, believe it or not. That’s because the simple act of listening to the world around you means you have to focus most of your energy on that task alone.
6. You struggle to hear people in noisy environments
Most people will find it hard to hear what others are saying in extremely noisy environments like music concerts, construction sites, and so forth. The thing is, if you find it hard to hear what people have to say in settings like restaurants or shopping malls, you should seriously consider getting your hearing tested by your doctor.
7. You struggle to understand some people’s accents
Being unable to understand someone with a rather strong regional or foreign accent isn’t necessarily a sign that your hearing is deteriorating. However, if you find that you’re usually the only person that can’t understand other accents in your circle of friends, for example, you may have hearing difficulties.
8. You keep asking people to repeat themselves
Have you ever noticed that you keep finding yourself asking other people to repeat what they say? Does that usually happen when you are talking to people on the phone? And do you often find yourself trying to “process” in your head what a person has most likely said to you? If the answer to all those questions is yes, it could be a sure-fire sign that you are experiencing hearing loss.
What should you do now?
If one or more of the previous telltale signs of hearing loss apply to you, all is not lost. Before you assume the worst, it makes perfect sense to visit your doctor and have a hearing test. If your doctor confirms that you are experiencing hearing loss, there are numerous treatment options open to you. Check out this article to read more information about getting tested for hearing loss and treatments available.