Updated: Feb 24
Hearing loss is gradual. Often our co-workers, friends, and/or family members may notice it before the individual with the hearing loss. At onset our brain compensates for the subtle loss in sounds. Soon, our brain becomes fatigued and neuron stimulation is decreased.
Social and emotional negative side effects such as depression, isolation, and withdrawal are all too common in people with hearing loss. The longer we let the subtle loss in sounds go, the harder it is to get the sounds back, even with the help of hearing aids. For these reasons, it is important to notice these symptoms of hearing loss early and to see an audiologist for a hearing evaluation. Even if it is not yet time for hearing aids, the audiologist can monitor your hearing and evaluate the health of your ears.
If you notice any of the symptoms below call your local audiologist and have a hearing evaluation.
Difficulty understanding certain words, especially in background noise.
Trouble hearing consonants (e.g. ‘s’, ‘t’, ’k’, ‘sh’, ‘ch’ etc...)
Frequently asking people to repeat themselves.
Report of people “mumbling”.
Needing to turn up the TV volume louder than others watching.
Withdrawal from conversations and social settings.
Losing high pitch sounds like alarm beeps or birds.
Feeling tired after conversations due to high levels of concentration.
Mixing up words.
Difficulty hearing on the phone.
Things sound unclear.
“I can’t hear you if I cannot see you”.