You may not realize you are losing your hearing. Your friends and family may not also. Hearing loss can occur gradually as you age or more quickly if you are exposed chronic loud noises. Hearing loss can be permanent, or temporary.
Signs and symptoms of hearing loss may include:
● Muffling of speech and other sounds
● Difficulty understanding words, especially against background noise or in a crowd of people
● Trouble hearing consonants
● Frequently asking others to speak more slowly, clearly and loudly
● Needing to turn up the volume of the television or radio
● Withdrawal from conversations
● Avoidance of some social settings
Source: Mayo Clinic
If you think your hearing may be deteriorating, go and get a check from a hearing care professional. Don’t worry or be nervous. You may have more to lose by avoiding a simple hearing checkup than by getting one. Hearing loss brings with it increased personal risks to you and others too.
Hearing loss can be a source of stress to other people around you. Your family, friends or colleagues may not be able to clearly understand what you are saying to them, especially if you start to mumble. They may get irritated or embarrassed if you start to talk in a loud voice. It can lead to unnecessary arguments.
At work your colleagues may not be able to clearly understand you leading to mistakes, misunderstandings and irritation. When you are out and about your friends may not be able to follow your conversation in a noisy bar or restaurant. If you are playing sports, you may misunderstand your coach or teammates instructions.
All this stress can be avoided if you are aware of some of the symptoms that you may be losing your hearing. Any deterioration in health can be destabilizing. It doesn’t need to be. There are good hearing care professionals readily available to help test and evaluate any loss of hearing. They can then help you with finding and suggesting appropriate solutions that you will feel comfortable with.
It won’t take long for a hearing care specialist to help you remedy your hearing loss. The first step is to recognize the symptoms. If your loved one, friend or colleague is showing signs of hearing loss, pick your moment and suggest they visit a hearing care specialist like Clarisound.