Many people think that hearing loss is sudden and dramatic, however often the change is quite subtle. Having a better understanding of the warning signs can help a person recognize when it is time for them or a loved one to get a hearing test. It may turn out that the ears simply need cleaning out due to wax build up. However, in many cases, a new hearing aid will be in order. Here are some indications that it might be time for a hearing test.
Struggling in Noisy Spaces
A good test of hearing is how well a person can process what someone else is saying in a noisy space. Those that have a hard time filtering out background noise and find themselves not being able to keep up with a conversation are candidates for testing. Sometimes it may be hard to simply keep up with a conversation when more than two people are talking. Hearing loss doesn’t just involve the ability to detect external noises. Symptoms include having a difficult time translating sounds into understandable words, especially when surrounded by competing noise.
Asking for Repetition
Think back through some conversations. Is this person having to ask people to repeat themselves? Some people don’t even realize they are doing it, it is often habitual. Try to make a point to see if the person is doing it several times during the day.
Turning Up the Volume
Those that are constantly fighting with the remote, so they can turn the volume up could be facing hearing loss. If others around are not struggling to hear or are asking why the tv is so loud, the hearing could be starting to diminish.
Ringing in the Ears
Tinnitus, known as ringing in the years affects 50 million people. This audiological and neurological condition creates the perception of sound when there’s no external noise present. Just about all people that suffer from tinnitus also suffer from hearing loss.
Those that are experiencing any of these symptoms will want to schedule an appointment with their family doctor to see if there is excessive wax or anything else obvious that could be causing the issue. Then, from there they will refer the patient to an ENT or an Audiologist, depending on the situation. They will do the appropriate testing and if recommended, fit the person for a hearing aid.