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How to Recognize Hearing Problems

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Over 50 million Americans experience hearing loss to some degree, but a large percentage do not even realize it. After all, this is a health condition that can’t be seen by friends and family. Only a professional audiologist can successfully diagnose a problem and find the most appropriate treatment or management solution.

However, in order to get the proper diagnosis and treatment, you need to make an appointment with an audiologist to have your hearing evaluated. To do this, it’s important you are able to recognize the symptoms of hearing loss to understand when you need to speak with a professional.

Conversational telltale signs

Hearing impacts many aspects of our lives, but is primarily associated with our human interactions. Changes to the way you communicate with people are usually indicative of a deterioration in your hearing profile. As such, the following issues all suggest that visiting an audiologist will be beneficial:

  • You’ve found yourself regularly asking people to repeat themselves.
  • You struggle to follow group conversations or know who is speaking at any time.
  • You find it hard to understand children or women due to their higher pitches.
  • Friends, family and colleagues have commented on the fact you shout when talking.
  • You often miss people calling out your name when they aren’t in your field of vision.
  • You’ve become aware of the fact you rely on lip-reading to communicate clearly.
  • Telephone conversations have become increasingly difficult.
  • You mishear the words being said by people.
  • You need to strain and concentrate heavily on conversations.
  • You consciously try to avoid talking about complex topics.

While we all experience troubles with conversations from time to time due to a host of reasons (suffering from flu, bad phone lines, people mumbling, etc.) experiencing the above symptoms on a semi-regular or frequent basis should not be ignored.

Lifestyle and social symptoms of hearing loss

In addition to ongoing struggles with various forms of conversation, you may notice changes in your social and daily lifestyle practices. While many of the following problems are also associated with a range of other conditions, experiencing them on a regular basis indicates that hearing examinations are required:

  • You often miss telephone calls or people knocking at the door.
  • You do not hear fire alarms or emergency vehicle sirens until the lights become visible.
  • Social gatherings and events leave you feeling anxious.
  • Your television or radio is turned up to the max, along with your smartphone ringtone.
  • You feel frustrated because due to feeling excluded from conversations.
  • You leave the cinema, gig, or business talk feeling as though you’ve not understood anything.
  • It’s hard to tell how far away traffic is without looking. 
  • You consciously choose quiet surroundings over loud public environments.
  • You cannot hear birds and other sounds of nature.
  • You have given up hobbies such as team sports or playing music.

None of the above signs guarantees that hearing loss is at fault, but it is one of the most likely candidates. Ignoring the symptoms is simply not an option. Even if hearing loss isn’t the source of those problems, it’s important to find a solution.

Health symptoms of hearing loss

The human body is incredibly receptive and will usually let you know when there is a problem. A number of noticeable symptoms may surface to suggest that your hearing has taken a turn for the worse. The most common issues include:

  • Signs of tinnitus – hearing buzzing and whistles when there is no external sound source.
  • Diabetes, heart, circulation or thyroid problems.
  • Painful or itchy ears, particularly the ear canal.
  • Mental health problems including depression, reduced self-esteem and social isolation.
  • Head injuries and concussions.
  • Early signs of dementia and impaired memory conditions.
  • Regular exhaustion and fatigue, particularly at the end of the day.
  • Insomnia and irregular sleeping patterns. 
  • Increased blood pressure levels.
  • Trouble with balance, including conditions like vertigo.

Meanwhile, it should be noted that many temporary hearing health conditions can be prompted by medications for existing health conditions. Your ears are used for more than just hearing while healthy hearing is also linked to other human functions. 

Think you have hearing problems?

Hearing loss is not an issue that can be taken lightly. Failure to diagnose the issues puts your safety at risk, reduces life quality and can increase the rate of deterioration. Therefore, identifying and managing the hearing loss in an effective way through the support of a professional audiologist is the only answer.

Take the first steps today by calling Listen Hear Diagnostic on 347-450-9872 to arrange your audiology appointment.