How can you tell if your hearing is OK? After all, if you can’t hear, you don’t know when you’re missing sounds, do you?
Well, there are a few warning signs of hearing problems that can alert you to a possible issue. Here’s 7 signs to look out for.
1. Turning up the TV
The TV volume is a helpful objective measure of hearing loss in daily life. Each TV set is different but you may notice that you’re often turning the volume up and the people you live with keep turning it back down.
If your family can listen comfortably at volume 12, for example, but you can’t hear well until the volume is set to 30, then treat that as a prompt to get your hearing checked.
2. Missing everyday sounds
One of the symptoms of hearing loss is that life seems quieter than it used to. That could be because everyday sounds like the microwave dinging, the clock ticking or the toll road tag beeping are missing. You may also have turned into one of those drivers whose indicator is always blinking because you can’t hear it’s tick-tock noise anymore.
3. Your ears feel blocked
Some people say that their ears feel full or blocked and assume they’ve got a build up of earwax that needs removing.
While it feels like there’s a physical problem that’s muffling sounds, it may actually be an acoustic one, something that relates to your sense of hearing. Your passageways are clear but you’re not hearing properly.
4. Asking people to repeat what they’ve said
‘What was that?’
‘Could you say that again, please?’
Are you asking questions like these more often than you used to? That’s a common early warning sign of hearing loss. You’re not hearing well the first time. To hear what’s being said, you need another opportunity where you pay close attention and the other person speaks more clearly.
5. Trying hard to hear
Are you concentrating hard to understand what’s being said? Maybe you’ve noticed that you’re now not only listening, you’re also watching – trying to read people’s lips and interpret their facial expressions and body language. You need those clues to help you understand what someone’s saying to you because it’s getting hard to hear the words. It feels like everyone’s mumbling or talking too fast and it can be very hard to understand someone with an accent.
6. Finding noisy situations difficult
Many social settings are inherently noisy. Whether it’s a cafe, restaurant, pub night or dinner party, there’s often a significant amount of background noise to deal with while trying to talk to your friends or family – and some of them keep talking over each other too!
Maybe that was fine a while ago but isn’t anymore. Trying to work out what’s being said has become so tiring that you now sit back, nodding and smiling along but missing out on the details that people are sharing about their lives.
7. Communication breakdowns
If you’re married or living with a partner or relative, you’ll speak to them often throughout the day. Talking and listening is a normal part of life, covering everything from deep discussions about big topics to spontaneous or mundane interactions like reminding you to buy milk when you go out.
As hearing loss progresses, a gap opens up between what was said and what was heard. That can cause great frustration in a relationship. Your other half insists they told you something and you’re adamant they did not.
How A Better Ear can help
If you’re experiencing one or more of these warning signs of hearing loss, then please feel free to come have a chat with us at A Better Ear.
We understand that hearing loss can have a profound effect on your life. It can undermine your self-confidence and make effortless conversation difficult, straining your relationships, limiting your social life and overtaxing your brain.
Your life doesn’t have to be like that. Our tailored hearing rehabilitation helps to improve your communications and reduce your mental strain.
We know that it can take time to adjust to the idea that you have some hearing loss so we support you through that process. While hearing aids often offer the best way forward, we understand that you may not be ready for that so we provide plenty of other strategies to help you and your loved ones manage your hearing loss right now.
All information is general in nature. Patients should consider their own personal circumstances and seek a second opinion.