How to Recognize Hearing Problems?
Many people are going to experience some kind of hearing trouble at some point in their life. For the majority, this will happen at least in old age, but for others it might happen much younger, and it could be something that is either temporary or permanent, serious or not. It is important for all of us to be able to recognize hearing problems as they occur, as – just like any other health concern – the sooner you identify it, the more likely it is that you will be able to manage and deal with it properly and effectively. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the ways that you might be able to recognize hearing problems as they occur within yourself.
You need the sound turned up
If you are finding that you routinely and regularly need the sound turned up on the television, the radio, and so on, then that is one of the clearest signs that you might be starting to experience some hearing loss. While it could be a temporary thing caused by a specific problem, it could also be the start of something more serious and permanent. In either case, however, you should not ignore it, and you should make sure that you are doing something about it. If you find you are constantly having to turn the volume up on things and that this lasts for a while, then that is not something that you should ignore.
You struggle in conversations
One of the main issues with hearing loss is that having a conversation with people can become troublesome, even exhausting and frustrating. If you start to struggle in conversations to the point where it is really affecting your quality of life, that is probably a sign that you need to think about finding a solution to your hearing problem. It might happen so gradually that you don’t really notice, until one day you really struggle to follow a conversation and then you realize how serious it can be. It’s best not to leave it that late if at all possible, of course; you might instead want to merely try and notice earlier when you start to struggle with conversations, and in so doing you could ultimately be able to keep the more advanced hearing loss from happening at all. Vigilance really is important here.
You feel fatigued by talking
A clear sign that you might need to go and get your hearing checked is that you are starting to feel a little fatigued when you are talking to people. This is a feeling that can persist for a long time, or it can come and go, but in either case it’s not the kind of thing you should ignore. You might at first not be able to identify it, and then you might realize that it is to do with your hearing and that you are simply exhausted trying to keep up in conversations. Once that becomes clear, it’s time to go and see a specialist, so you can have it sorted out hopefully as soon as possible, and you can stop it worsening. Don’t ignore this feeling, and do get the help you need as soon as you realize you need it.
One ear is better than the other
Of course, you don’t always lose hearing equally in both ears, and you need to be aware that often you are going to have one ear which is better than the other in terms of its hearing. If you have one ear which is starting to become worse over time, you will know it by the fact that you have started to turn your head in the direction of sound regularly. You might not even notice you are doing this, again, until much later on – but if you can catch yourself doing it, then you can look into it early and hopefully stop the hearing loss from advancing too far. You might even notice that your friends notice it before you, and they might say to you that you are engaging in that behavior. That is a sure sign that something needs looking at, and it’s not something you should ignore if you can help it.
If you think you might be experiencing hearing loss, then you might want to get in touch with a professional hearing instrument specialist (HIS). Learn more from Palmetto Hearing Healthcare Center by calling:
- Summerville: (843) 285-6716
- Charleston: (843) 823-6816
Please answer the question below to the best of your ability. After you choose your answer, the next question will appear. At the end of the survey, you will be provided with a score, and you may send this score to us so we may discuss any hearing loss issues you are having.
Are there situations in which you find it difficult to hear clearly?
Do you have to strain to understand conversations?
Do you have a problem hearing over the telephone?
Do you have trouble following a conversation when two or more people are talking at the same time?
Do you have trouble hearing conversations in a noisy background such as a restaurant or a group gathering?
Do you have dizziness, pain, or ringing in your ears?
Do family members or coworkers remark about you missing what has been said?
Do people complain that you turn the TV volume up too high?
Do you find it hard to hear someone when they talk in a soft voice or whisper?
Do you find understanding women and children particularly challenging?
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