For many people, it is difficult to notice the early signs of hearing loss, because we have a tendency to adjust gradually and compensate to the change. Often, others—including friends and family—become aware of our hearing loss before we do. By the time we realize what’s happening, our lives and ability to enjoy sounds have already been impaired.
The first step in treating hearing loss is by recognizing the most common signs. Do you experience any of the following symptoms?
- It sounds as though people are mumbling or speaking to you more softly than they used to.
- You turn up the volume of the TV, radio or stereo above normal levels where others typically listen.
- You can hear other people talk, but you have difficulty understanding the words.
- You frequently ask people to repeat themselves.
- You can’t hear the doorbell or telephone clearly.
- Family and friends are suggesting you might have a hearing problem.
- You find it difficult to hear women or children speak.
- You often hear a ringing or buzzing in your ears.
- You find it difficult to hear or understand other people after you leave a noisy room or area.
If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, don’t hesitate to call our office and make an appointment to have your hearing tested.