If you're worried about hearing loss, then you're ahead of the curve. Even though tens of millions of people suffer from a noticeable decrease in hearing ability, only a small fraction of these sufferers are proactive enough to seek help, especially when the problem is in its early stages. So if you're worried about hearing loss, you might be asking yourself when you should get help. While there is no concrete answer to this question, experts say that there are some warning signs to look for.
Do You Have Trouble Following Conversations?
One of the first and most noticeably symptoms of hearing loss is the inability to keep track of conversations. This problem can become particularly challenging in noisy environments. Oftentimes, hearing loss sufferers have a hard time picking up voices among a din of background noise. So if you find yourself missing out on conversations in loud public spaces, it could be cause for concern.
Do You Listen to Electronics at a Loud Volume?
Have you been turning up the volume on your television? Because if so, that's another common indicator that your hearing ability could be compromised. As a test, see how other people respond to the volume level of the electronics in your home. If your friends or family tell you that it's too loud, then it could mean you're not hearing things as crisply as you used to.
Do You Avoid Social Situations?
Hearing loss can cause a lot of problems in social situations. Not being able to follow conversations can be frustrating, and constantly asking people to repeat themselves can get annoying for everybody. As a result, a lot of hearing loss sufferers tend to withdraw from social situations, even if they don't realize that their inability to hear is the reason behind their frustration. So if you've been either consciously or unconsciously avoiding other people, it may be that hearing loss is to blame.
In order to determine whether or not you're suffering from hearing loss, you'll need to make an appointment with an audiologist. Following a simple hearing exam, he or she will be able to point you in the right direction as far as treatment options. If you're scared of hearing aids, don't be. Modern devices are smaller, more discreet and more effective than their clunky cousins of years past. And you'll be amazed how much a simple hearing aid can dramatically improve your quality of life.
If you or someone you know would like to learn more about hearing loss and how to treat it, please feel free to schedule a consultation or contact one of our representatives today!