Hearing loss develops gradually. By learning the early signs and symptoms, you can seek help earlier and keep the hearing loss from progressing.
Here are some of the things you should watch out for:
- Trouble understanding the TV dialogue
Compared to other sounds, speech can be more challenging to hear if you have hearing loss. It can manifest as trouble following a TV or movie dialogue.
- Difficulty hearing normal household sounds
These include doorbells, telephone ringing, or a friend/companion shouting your name from another room.
- Ringing or buzzing in the ears
The ringing or buzzing shouldn’t be ignored as it can be a sign of permanent hearing injury.
- Trouble hearing on the telephone
If you have to constantly adjust your phone’s volume setting to hear the person on the other line, then you may be suffering from a hearing loss.
- Depending on non-verbal cues to understand what the other person is saying
If you find yourself constantly relying on lip movement, gestures, or other cues just to understand what the other person is saying, then you may have a hearing loss.
- Difficulty hearing in noisy environments
People with hearing loss often have problems masking the background noise and focusing on speech. If it’s hard for you to hear what other people are saying in a noisy environment, then maybe it’s time to have a hearing evaluation.
What causes hearing loss?
There are several possible causes of hearing loss. These include the buildup of earwax, aging, ear infection, abnormal bone growths or tumors in the outer or middle ear, and ruptured eardrum.
If you suspect that you are suffering from hearing loss, don’t hesitate to see a specialist. Like other conditions, hearing loss is easier to manage on its early stages.