How Do I Know If I Have Hearing Loss?
Your hearing is very much a part of you, and you’re experiencing hearing loss, it can be incredibly frustrating. However, you won’t always know that it’s happening. Or, maybe you’re not sure if things are getting worse? This can often be more trying – because you’re not quite sure what’s going on with your hearing, you just know it’s not right. When you are concerned about hearing loss, you should schedule an appointment with a hearing instrument specialist to determine what’s actually happening with your hearing ability. However, before you take things to a formal level, you might want to get a better understanding of what’s going on yourself.
Hearing loss can be something that affects all aspects of your life. At first, you may start to notice that you have difficulty hearing or that you have a hard time distinguishing sound. There are often common symptoms that you might want to look out for that may help you to determine if you are experiencing hearing loss and when to see a specialist. Or maybe you’re concerned about a loved one, or even a child or baby that you suspect has hearing loss? When this is the case, you may also want to look out for some of the key signs, so that you’re able to get professional assistance. Let’s take a look.
Symptoms of hearing loss
The very first thing that you’re going to want to think about is the symptoms of hearing loss themselves, of which there or many. Here are some that are quite common, and that you may be experiencing;
- Finding it hard to hear what other people are saying, particularly when there’s noise around
- Misunderstanding what people say
- Asking others to repeat themselves
- Listening to the television or radio on a high volume
- Having trouble hearing others on the telephone
- Struggling to keep up with a conversation
- Getting frustrated or stressed when in conversation with others
- Avoiding social situations altogether.
However, these aren’t the only symptoms of hearing loss. Your hearing instrument specialist will be able to delve deeper into this with you.
Types of hearing loss
It’s easy to think that hearing loss is hearing loss, but that’s not necessarily the case. There are varying kinds. And, some people experience sudden hearing loss, making it easier to spot. While others may gradually lose hearing over time, meaning that it can feel normal, or that it’s harder to identify! And not only that, but you may also find that hearing loss can be temporary, rather than permanent.
If you’ve been around loud noises, such as fireworks or at a concert, then you may experience temporary hearing loss. This can often come with tinnitus and may last a few hours or days. However, permanent hearing loss cannot be reversed and will require a hearing aid.
Hearing loss in one ear
Another type of hearing loss that people may experience is hearing loss in one ear, rather than in both. When you are experiencing a loss of hearing, it’s easy to believe that it’s general and across both ears, but it may be just in one. Here’s how you may be able to tell;
- Your hearing is much worse when the sound is just on one side
- All sound is much quieter in general
- It’s difficult for you to tell where the sound is coming from
- It’s difficult to tell different sounds apart
- You experience difficulty hearing what others are saying
- Hearing is harder around noise or when at a distance
Again, you will want to talk to your hearing instrument specialist about these symptoms to discover if your hearing loss is in one ear.
Hearing loss in children and babies
Another big thing to consider here is hearing loss in young children and babies. Although you’re not experiencing this yourself, you may want to look out for key signs, such as;
- A delay in speech development
- No reaction to loud noises
- Limited ability to tell where sounds are coming from
- Not replying when you call, or talk to them
- Talking loudly
- A diagnosis of a learning disability or disabilities.
If you suspect that your baby or child may be showing signs of hearing loss, be sure to consultant a hearing instrument specialist.
When to seek professional help
Now that you’re a little more aware of some of the key hearing loss symptoms, you may want to seek assistance from a hearing instrument specialist if you, or others, experience any.
If you’re looking to learn more about hearing loss and how NuTech Health & Hearing, PLLC can help you, call 919-316-9742 today.