Thinking you may be losing your hearing is a scary thought. However, the sooner you notice the change in your hearing, the sooner you can get a hearing test to detect and treat problems. There is likely a solution that can improve your hearing and make conversations (and life) more enjoyable.
Here are some of the most common signs of hearing loss:
You Avoid Conversations on the Phone
We don’t mean you prefer to text over calling your friends and family because you have phone anxiety; we mean you actively go out of your way to not talk on the phone because you have a hard time hearing the person on the other end.
If you talk on the phone and constantly increase the volume or ask the other person to repeat themselves, you may have a hearing problem.
You Have to Turn the Volume Way Up on the TV
Have you noticed that you need to turn the volume up on your favorite program or movie in order to hear the actors and actresses? Occasionally increasing the volume does not necessarily indicate hearing loss. After all, the show or movie may have low sound quality. But, if you turn up the volume more often than not, you may want to take a hearing test. Another indicator of hearing loss is when a family member complains that you’ve turned the volume up too loud.
You Struggle to Hear in Noisy Environments
You’re at a restaurant or the airport, and all the background noise makes it challenging to hear the people talking around you. It’s common for people with hearing loss to struggle to mask out background noises and focus on the conversations with the people closest to them. If you frequently find yourself in situations like these, it is time to consult a hearing professional.
You Often Misunderstand People
Misunderstandings are only hilarious in comedies. They’re frustrating and embarrassing when they happen to you — especially if they happen more and more often.
If you are finding it difficult to hear people, especially women or children, correctly, you could be experiencing high-frequency hearing loss, which occurs as a person gets older or is exposed to prolonged loud noises. Fortunately, you can reduce the number of misunderstandings you have by making an appointment for a hearing test and then getting fitted for a hearing aid.
You’re Exhausted After Having a Conversation
Hearing loss is draining? You may be surprised to learn this is true, but it could explain why you’ve felt so mentally and physically tired after a day full of conversations. Even if you only chat with friends or family, you may feel fatigued like you’ve just run a marathon.
It takes a lot of energy to compensate for your hearing loss by distinguishing voices from background noise and straining to read lips. If you are experiencing fatigue on top of any of the other symptoms of hearing loss, we highly recommend getting a hearing test.
Get Help Today With an Online Hearing Aid Test
If you suspect your hearing isn’t like it used to be, don’t hesitate to seek help from hearing professionals. Hearing loss can grow in severity if left untreated. Take a free online hearing test to determine if you are experiencing hearing issues, and then seek the help of an audiologist at one of our Florida hearing aid centers. Soon, you’ll be able to get back to enjoying your life.
For more information about our hearing aids or our hearing aid clinics, contact us today!