Hearing Loss – What Are the Signs?
How do you know if hearing loss is affecting your life? The answer isn’t always as obvious as you might think. For many people, hearing loss happens so gradually that they continue to think their hearing is fine, even when it’s not.
Regular checkups are the best way to know the condition of your hearing health. If you haven’t had a professional exam in a while, ask your primary care doctor or visit a hearing care professional. Yearly health check-ups are always a good idea — and your hearing health is no exception. It’s never too early to get your first hearing test to determine your current hearing abilities.
If you answer yes to any of these questions, it may be time to schedule a hearing test.
- Does anyone frequently complain that your TV or radio is too loud?
- Is it difficult for you to focus on conversations in noisy situations, like restaurants, malls, and meetings?
- Are you having difficulty following conversations involving two or more people?
- Do you have trouble understanding someone if you are not standing face-to-face?
- Are sounds sometimes muffled?
- Is it have particularly difficulty hearing women’s and children’s voices?
- Do you sometimes give unrelated answers or comments to questions and conversations?
- Is there ever a ringing sensation in your ears?
Hearing loss can be related to environmental and medical conditions.
- Exposure to loud sounds over a long period of time
- A single exposure to an explosive noise
- Diabetes, heart, circulatory, or thyroid conditions
- Family history of hearing loss
- Certain medications (ask your doctor or hearing professional)
Emotional signs that you are having hearing difficulties.
- Feeling stressed out when listening to someone
- Frustration that people mumble or don’t speak up
- Embarrassment about not following conversations
- Feeling nervous that you won’t understand something
- Avoiding social situations
- Not enjoying being with people as much as you used to
You may recognize some of these experiences and feelings as your own. If so, don’t be embarrassed — Call Schmidt’s Optical and Hearing™ today at 772-286-4327 to schedule a free hearing evaluation with our Board Certified Hearing Aid Specialist.