Signs You May Have A Hearing Loss

by: Anna Bruening

 

Did you know that May is Better Hearing Month?

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Every May it is important to encourage everyone to learn about their own hearing loss and build awareness about hearing loss issues. And, of course, it’s the perfect time to get your hearing tested or encourage your loved ones as to do so as well.

The first step to improving your hearing is recognizing that you have a hearing loss. Here are some common indications that you or a loved one may have a hearing loss and should come in for a free hearing test:

 
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•Hearing But Not Understanding
You may confuse similar-sounding words like: “rose” and “roads”.

•Turning up the TV or radio
Can’t hear the TV? Turn it up.

• Frustration in social situations
Nodding or laughing because you didn’t hear what was said and don’t want to ask “what?” again.

•Vertigo
Feeling dizzy, but haven’t been riding the tea cups at Disneyland?

•Ringing in the ears
A persistent ringing in the ears is called tinnitus, and it can be an early sign of sensorineural hearing loss.

 

Hearing loss can be frustrating and difficult to deal with, but once you’ve recognized the signs of hearing loss, you’re closer to dealing with it in a way that will help you to hear better & live better.

The average person waits 7 years to get hearing aids after they figure out they have a hearing loss. This is too long. The longer you wait the harder it is to re-train your brain to hear again. There are many other risks of waiting like higher risks of falling, developing dementia, depression and many more that are not worth putting off hearing aids. Hearing devices have come so far in the last 5 years, there are many options available such as invisible in canal aids that you cannot see as well as smartphone compatible hearing aids.

If you’re experiencing any of the above symptoms, take the first step now and get a hearing exam from an audiologist or hearing instrument specialist.