The last time you had dinner with your family was a difficult experience. It wasn’t because your family was having a tough time getting along. The issue was the noise, which was making it hard to hear anything. So you didn’t hear the details about Judy’s promotion, and you didn’t have a chance to ask about Jay’s new puppy. It was frustrating. Mostly, you blame the acoustics. But you’re also willing to admit that your hearing could be starting to wane.
It’s not generally recommended to attempt to self diagnose hearing loss because it generally isn’t possible. But you should pay attention to some early warning signs. When enough of these red flags spring up, it’s worth making an appointment to get checked by a hearing specialist.
Early Signs of Hearing Loss
Not every sign and symptom of hearing loss is noticeable. But if you happen to find yourself noticing any of the items on the following list, you just may be dealing with some amount of hearing loss.
Here are some of the warning signs of hearing loss:
- You notice some ringing in your ears: Ringing in your ears is known as tinnitus (and, technically, tinnitus can be other sounds also: screeching, buzzing, humming, thumping, and so on). Tinnitus isn’t necessarily linked to hearing issues, but it is frequently an early warning sign of hearing loss, so a hearing exam is probably in order.
- Phone calls suddenly seem muffled and difficult to understand: People do a lot of texting these days, so you might not take as many phone calls as you once did. But if you have the volume cranked all the way up on your phone and you’re still having difficulty hearing calls, it’s most likely an early warning of hearing loss.
It’s Time to Get a Hearing Exam
You still can’t be certain whether you’re confronting hearing loss even if you are experiencing some of these early warning signs. You will need to get a hearing exam to know for sure.
You may very well be experiencing some amount of hearing loss even if you’re only noticing one of these early warning signs. A hearing examination will be able to tell what level of impairment, if any, is present. And then you’ll be better equipped to get the right treatment.
This means your next family get together can be a great deal more enjoyable.