Hearing loss can affect any person of any age and can have a deep impact on their quality of life and the life of those around them. They may suddenly start dreading social situations, or in the case where you notice that a loved one seems to be hearing you less and less yet is oblivious to the progressive degeneration of their hearing, it may create a difficult situation to cope with for everyone.
There are many causes and reasons why hearing loss occurs, including being exposed to loud noises, trauma, diseases, serious injury to the head, untreated ear infections and aging, amongst other factors. Early diagnosis may be an effective way to stop or slow down the degenerative process and can have the greatest impact on the affected person’s health and wellbeing. There are also several dangers and difficulties that may arise and this post on hearing loss hazards does a great job at describing them.
Below are some signs of hearing loss.
1. You think you may be losing hearing:
– Difficulty understanding what people around you are saying, especially when there is a lot of background noise
– You may be able to hear someone talk but are unable to distinguish the words
– You are swapping the ear you hold the phone with in an attempt to hear better
– You are not hearing the television and radio well at a volume where other people seem to be
– You find women and children more difficult to understand then men
– You feel like you have to concentrate and strain to be able to follow a conversation
– You rely on reading people’s lips to ensure you understand them properly
– You find noises to be sometimes muffled
– You have ringing and buzzing in your ears
– You experience ear pain, itching and discharge
– You have vertigo
– You are finding it difficult to establish which direction noise is coming from
2. You think a loved one may be losing hearing:
– They answer or react inappropriately in social situations
– They start withdrawing from social situations that they once enjoyed
– They have a family history of hearing loss
– They have diabetes or heart issues
– They are showing signs of depression
– They are asking people to repeat themselves frequently
3. In the case of babies or small children:
– They don’t turn towards the source of noise (in the case of babies mostly)
– They aren’t startled by loud noises
– They haven’t spoken yet by the time they are 1 year old
– They don’t react when you call their name but do when they see you
There may be more signs of hearing loss, but awareness is essential in helping anyone deal with it. If you or a loved one think you might be suffering from hearing loss based on the fact that you or they experience one or more of these symptoms, contact a general practitioner, audiologist or ear, nose and throat specialist without delay. They will examine your ears and perform non-invasive detection exams that could have the greatest of impact on your overall health and wellbeing for now and for the future.