7 Signs of Hearing Loss You Can't Ignore
Posted 4/20/2018

It may seem that the signs of hearing loss are obvious, but that

isn't always the case. Discover the 7 signs of hearing loss you can't
ignore in this post.

In the United States, hearing loss affects the lives of 48 million
people. Many people assume that a loss of hearing isn't a severe
problem, but they are wrong. Mild loss of hearing can cause
children to miss up to half of classroom discussion. Working
adults could misunderstand vital instructions for a project,
affecting their job. If hearing loss is severe, it can lead to someone
not hearing an approaching vehicle when walking. There are ways
to improve your hearing, but it's important to recognize the signs.
Here are seven signs of hearing loss you need to know.

1. Ringing Ears Are One Of The Early Signs Of Hearing Loss
Ringing in the ears, or tinnitus, happens to everyone from time to time. A cold or an earache could be the cause. Stress or a buildup of earwax could also be causing your symptoms. If the ringing happens on a frequent basis or becomes persistent, it's a sign of something serious. 90 percent of people with tinnitus are experiencing hearing loss.
Headphone usage is a major contributor to poor hearing. Listening to music at the loudest level can cause hearing damage within 15 minutes. If you hear ringing after you take your earbuds out, it is a warning sign of damage. Damage to the inner ear or hearing loss might be to blame. If you have this symptom, see an ear doctor to make sure everything is okay.

2. Loud Noises Hurt
No one likes to hear car horns and airplanes flying overhead. Those noises should be annoying, not painful. As your hearing starts to fade, the ear loses its ability to soften noises. These sounds continue to be damaging even after you've learned to live with them. After long-term exposure, loud sounds become painful because of damage to the ear canal.

Many people ignore this symptom because they think it's part of living in the city. If loud noises cause a sharp pain or dull throb in your ears or head, see an ear doctor to get your hearing tested.

3. People Tell You You're Too Loud
Some people are loud and gregarious. For them, having a booming voice is a part of life. For others, talking louder than usual is a warning sign. As hearing fades, it's difficult to gauge volume. Someone might tell you to use an inside voice, or take a few steps back when you are talking. Another sign that you're being too loud is vocal-strain or a sore throat. If you think you are speaking at a normal level but you see any of these signs, get your ears checked.

4. "Huh?"
Think of the last time you were in a social situation. Did you have a hard time hearing what others were saying to you? Do others have to repeat themselves or annunciate words so you can understand them? These signs point towards hearing loss. Early on, these symptoms can be present in social get-togethers or restaurants. As hearing loss develops, even private conversations will be difficult to understand. Talk to a doctor and have a hearing test done. You might need a hearing aid to help you understand what others are saying.

5. Your Television Is Too Loud For Others
Watching TV after a long day at work is one of life's little pleasures. That pleasure can become a nightmare for others in the room if you are experiencing hearing loss. As hearing loss gets worse, the volume on your television or radio goes up. Out of all the signs of hearing loss, this one might be the hardest to recognize. To you, the TV volume is perfect, but for your family it is torture. Next time you watch your favorite show, look at what the volume is set at. If the TV volume is in the 20s or 30s, you need to have your ears examined by a professional. Trust us, your family and neighbors will thank you.

6. Dizziness
Do you have problems keeping your balance, especially when getting up from a chair? If you stumble around, your ears are trying to tell you something. When walking, your brain is evaluating a lot of information at once to stop you from running into a wall. Hearing loss causes your brain to compensate by diverting attention from other things. It's trying to hear any potential threats around it. The inner ear canals send signals to the brain, helping you stay balanced. Damage to them leads to a loss of balance and stubbed toes.

7. You Have To See Someone Speaking To You
Do you find yourself having a difficult time understanding a speaker if you can't see them? This symptom can manifest in a few ways. In a party, if someone is standing next to you pay attention to their voice. Does it sound muffled or confusing? Does it clear up if you turn to look at them? Another way this symptom shows itself is over the phone. Phone lines can be unclear anyways, even without hearing loss. With hearing loss, it might be impossible to retain important information. If you often get surprised by someone behind you, this is another of the signs of hearing loss. Your ears pick up faint sounds and determine where they are. If people are behind you and you don't know it, have your hearing tested.

We Can Help You Hear And Live Better
If you have any of these signs of hearing loss, we are here to help. Our comprehensive hearing exam will let you know if you have hearing loss and to what extent. Our specialist  will consult with you and your loved ones to come up with the best solution for you. Contact us today and get started down the road to an improved life!
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