Signs & Symptoms of Hearing Loss
Hearing loss often comes on so gradually, you are unaware you have an impairment until it has reached an advanced stage. Often, family members or friends are the first to notice that you have a problem. Recognizing the signs and symptoms of hearing loss early can help you find a solution before your condition worsens and limits your options.
By answering a series of simple questions, you can learn whether you might be suffering from some degree of hearing loss. While this means you might miss out on some situations, meeting with one of our hearing care professionals to discuss your issues can be beneficial in the long run.
Do you ever…?
- Feel that people mumble?
- Feel tired and irritable at the end of the day due to the energy you have expended listening?
- Have trouble talking on the phone?
- Feel isolated and left out because you can’t follow conversations?
- Get tired of asking people to repeat themselves?
- Find yourself listening to the TV or radio at a higher volume than in the past?
- Experience tinnitus (a ringing, whooshing, or whistling sound in the ears)?
- Have episodes of unexplained vertigo?
Diagnosing a hearing loss early is crucial not only in terms of treatment, but also to help you avoid becoming withdrawn and isolated. Many people with a hearing impairment avoid conversations and social interaction due to the stress of keeping up. As they limit their social interactions, they may become despondent and suffer from depression.