Most hearing problems are not immediately noticeable to the person that has them. On top of that, they tend to get worse slowly over time. They’re very often barely noticeable unless you know what hearing loss symptoms to look for. More often than not, it takes a brave and loving friend or family member to mention our hearing issues before we notice anything is the matter.
Is Someone Concerned About Your Hearing?
Has your wife said something about your hearing? Has your son, racquetball partner, or boss said you might have a hearing problem?
If your family and friends are concerned that your hearing has diminished, don’t write them off. Instead, ask yourself these questions:
- Do people seem to mumble or speak in a softer voice than they used to?
- Do you feel tired or irritable after a long conversation?
- Do you sometimes miss key words in a sentence, or frequently need to ask people to repeat themselves?
- When you are in a group, or in a crowded restaurant, do you have difficulty following the conversation?
- When you are socializing, does background noise bother you?
- Do you often need to turn up the volume on your TV or radio?
- Do you have difficulty hearing the doorbell or telephone ring?
- Is carrying on a telephone conversation difficult?
If you can answer “yes” to one or more of the questions, please consult a Hearing Care Professional (audiologist or hearing aid dispenser) to assess your hearing. In most cases, hearing loss can be improved by the proper hearing aids.
We strongly suggest you contact someone to make a hearing appointment now as hearing problems tend to get worse with time.
If you have your appointment and no hearing loss is found, you’ll have that fact noted in your medical records, and the information will be available to ascertain hearing problems in the future.