Symptoms of Hearing Loss

Symptoms of Hearing Loss: What to Look Out For

Having the ability to hear is a gift. Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for a person to view this sense as trivial, especially when they have had the ability to hear their entire life. However, for those with impaired hearing, they understand that this isn’t true. Unfortunately, many don’t realize this until they start contending with the symptoms of hearing loss themselves. Hearing loss is an all too common health problem that many of us will experience at some point in our lives, especially as we age.

Nonetheless, the number of those affected by hearing loss has been rising throughout the years. While aging is a factor in hearing loss, so are genetics and illness. Unfortunately, other factors can negatively affect a person’s ability to hear and understand others, which can seriously affect their overall quality of life. Especially if they happen to ignore the symptoms of hearing loss that occurs when there’s damage to the ears.

Your ears are delicate, so precautions must be taken to help preserve your hearing. Regrettably, certain aspects of modern living can have an adverse effect on your ability to hear. Certain medications can affect your hearing, and noise-induced hearing loss is all too common. However, knowing what the symptoms of hearing loss are can help you identify when there might be a problem.

Early intervention is best if you want to help keep your ability to hear intact, so you need to be proactive with your health. To know what you need to look out for, here are some of the signs and symptoms of hearing loss.

• You often hear roaring, hissing, buzzing, or ringing sounds in your ear(s). This is also known as tinnitus.
• Hearing above background noise is a challenge.
• Your ears feel clogged or plugged.
• You often perceive others as not speaking clearly, or mumbling, when you hear them speak.
• Speech and other sounds sound muffled.
• You have a difficult time understanding high-pitched sounds, as well as the sounds of “S” and “F.”
• Receiving frequent complaints regarding the noise level of your television and/or radio.
• When multiple people are speaking at once, you often have trouble following the conversation.
• You often hear something different when people speak and misunderstand what people say.
• Deciphering phone conversations has become difficult.
• You often ask people to repeat themselves.
• Frequently asking people to speak louder and slower.
• You find yourself avoiding social situations. Attending social events has become too exhausting.
• Instead of making eye contact, you find yourself watching people’s lips when they speak.

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