8 Subtle Indications Your Hearing is Failing
It’s not like you simply wake up one day, and your hearing is gone. For most people, hearing loss comes in degrees, especially when it is related to aging. Age-related hearing loss affects about one in three people in this country. Often, the change isn’t even noticed until after the age of 75. Some signs show up earlier, though, and you don’t realize there is a problem immediately.
Early hearing loss has progressive and subtle signs. Recognizing them as soon as possible is essential to slow down the progression of hearing loss or other health problems related to hearing loss. You can’t recognize the signs if you don’t know what they are, though. You could have hearing loss if you have any of these eight barely noticeable signs.
1. Ringing in The Ears
This is a symptom that people have a tendency to neglect if it doesn’t become too disruptive and it’s actually not that subtle. The medical name for this ringing is tinnitus, a common symptom of hearing loss.
Triggers are a considerable factor with tinnitus so it can be periodic, too. For instance, maybe the ringing, buzzing or roaring only happens in the morning or when you are tired.
Tinnitus is an indicator that something else is happening with your body so it should never be neglected. Besides hearing loss, tinnitus can be induced by high blood pressure, trauma, or a circulatory problem. If you want to know for certain, you will need to consult your doctor.
2. Talking on The Phone is Stressful
It’s not hard to make excuses for phone problems like:
- I dropped my phone in water or on the ground.
- It’s a new phone, and I’m just not used to it yet.
- My phone is out dated.
Think about why you dread talking on our phone. Get someone you know to test the phone for you if the volume is up and you still don’t hear it. If you can’t hear the conversation but they can then you have a hearing issue.
3. These Days it Seems As if Everyone Mumbles
Lately, it’s not only the kids, but your neighbor, the news anchor, and even your spouse that have started to mumble to you. Could it really be true that suddenly everyone in your life has poor enunciation.
The more likely answer is the way you hear words is changing. One of the first indications that your hearing is changing is when talking sounds like mumbling and consonants such as “S” and “T” drop off.
4. What Did You Say?
Only when someone calls you out for saying “what?” a lot do you begin to realize that you can’t hear conversations very well anymore. Usually, the first to recognize you have hearing loss are people you see every day like coworkers or family members. If someone comments on it, pay attention.
5. You Hear Some People Perfectly Fine But Not Others
Perhaps when you are having a chat with the neighbor everything sounds fine but when his wife starts to talk you can’t understand a word. You can have sensorineural hearing loss, or injury to the nerves that send electrical signals to the brain, and this is a common symptom.
Her voice isn’t as clear because it’s higher pitched. You may have the same issue with your grandchild or daughter. Even technology like the microwave or an alarm can be a problem. Those sounds are also high pitched.
6. Going Out Isn’t as Much Fun as it Used to be
Again, there are those mumbling people, and that’s not fun. Also, being in noisy places makes understanding what people say a big challenge. Something as simple as the AC popping on during dinner or the sound of people conversing around you makes it impossible to hear anything.
7. You Feel More Tired Than Usual
It’s can be draining struggling to comprehend what people are saying. Your brain has to work overtime to process what it does hear, so you are more tired than usual. Your other senses may also experience changes. What’s left for your other senses when your brain is working at 110 percent of its energy to comprehend words? It’s time to have your ears tested if your eye examination came back okay.
8. You Can’t Hear The TV
It is easy to blame the TV or the service provider when you have to keep cranking up the volume, but if this is happening all the time, perhaps it’s time for a hearing exam. When you have loss of hearing it can be difficult to hear dialog. There is the background music confusing things, for instance. And don’t even mention the AC, ceiling fan or other things in the room. Your hearing is most likely starting to fail if you need to keep turning the volume up.
A professional hearing exam will tell you for sure and that’s the good news. Hearing aids should get things back to normal if it turns out that your hearing has declined.