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When you hear but don’t understand

How Do I Know If I Have Hearing Loss?

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Hearing loss happens slowly and gradually. It’s not something that immediately occurs unless you experience a very sudden and powerful noise that affects the nerves in your ear. In fact, hearing loss is usually so gradual that you won’t be able to notice it unless someone tells you. Since our bodies gradually grow accustomed to our surroundings, we won’t notice that our brain is straining to keep up with conversations and filter out sounds.

So to help you get a better understanding of hearing loss, we’ve put together a few common symptoms that you should look out for.

You often misunderstand people when they’re speaking to you

This is one of the most common symptoms of gradual hearing loss. Since hearing loss causes you to have difficulties hearing specific frequencies, you might find that it’s difficult to follow certain conversations. You might misunderstand what people say, or you might find that you’re unable to differentiate certain tones and sounds. If this is the case for you, then a hearing instrument specialist will likely be able to offer you some help.

You find that you’re asking others to repeat themselves often

Misunderstanding people is one sign of hearing loss, but it can also develop into repeatedly asking people to repeat themselves. This is more common when there is a lot of noise in the background, such as at a social event or restaurant.

Following conversations is difficult especially if there’s a lot of background noise

When there are multiple speakers or a lot of background noise, you might find that it’s challenging to follow a conversation. You may feel like you’re straining just to understand people. If this happens too often, then you’ll find it tiring to keep up with social gatherings, and you may find yourself feeling lightheaded or exhausted.

Your balance is a little off, and you occasionally find it hard to walk properly

Hearing actually affects a lot more than just the sounds you perceive. Hearing can impact your balance, meaning you might sway side to side when walking or feel light headed, especially after getting up out of bed or from a relaxed position on your sofa. You may even feel disoriented by merely being in a noisy environment.

People have commented on how loud your devices are

Most people learn that they might have hearing loss when they speak to their friends and family members. One of the most common situations is when someone asks why you’ve got the volume so high on your devices. Perhaps loud music is leaking from your headphones, and it’s bothering your friends and family members, or maybe you’ve got the television turned up to a really uncomfortable volume for other people. It’s important that you listen to these comments and take them seriously because they could help you discover if you’ve got hearing loss or not.

You find that you can no longer hear certain frequencies

Another common symptom of developing hearing loss is that you can no longer pick up specific frequencies. This might start as hearing them muffled or distorted but can eventually develop into more severe occurrences such as not noticing chirping birds or being unable to enjoy your favorite music. If you feel like you’re no longer able to hear certain sounds, then you may want to speak to a hearing instrument specialist for assistance. The hearing examination they perform will help you identify if you are having trouble picking up certain frequencies, and with this information, you’ll be able to find hearing aid solutions that can improve your hearing.

You’re starting to withdraw from social situations more often

As a result of your hearing loss symptoms, you might find that you’re shying away from certain social situations. Perhaps you no longer want to visit clubs and bars because there’s too much noise and you’re afraid you might worsen your hearing loss, or maybe you find it difficult to communicate since you need to strain your brain just to decode certain sounds. If this is the case, then it’s important to speak to a hearing instrument specialist so you can return to your normal lifestyle.

Hearing loss can be a difficult prospect to cope with, which is why Ears 2 Hear focuses on offering professional hearing examinations provided by experienced hearing instrument specialists. Once your condition has been diagnosed, we’ll be able to provide the perfect solution for your hearing loss. If you’re looking for more information or would like to get in touch with one of our representatives, then contact us at one of the numbers below.