Your last family get together was frustrating. Not because of any intra-family drama (though there’s always some of that). No, the source of the difficulty was simple: it was noisy, and you couldn’t hear a thing. So you didn’t get the details about Nancy’s promotion, and you didn’t have a chance to ask about Jay’s new puppy. The whole experience was incredibly aggravating. For the most part, you blame the acoustics. But you can’t completely discount the possibility that maybe your hearing is starting to go bad.
It isn’t typically recommended to try to self diagnose hearing loss because it generally isn’t possible. But you should keep your eye out for some early warning signs. When enough of these red flags emerge, it’s worth making an appointment to get checked by a hearing professional.
Early Signs of Hearing Loss
Several of the signs of hearing loss are subtle. But you might be dealing with some degree of hearing loss if you find yourself detecting some of these signs.
Here are a few of the warning signs of hearing loss:
- High pitched sounds are hard to hear. Things like a whistling teapot or ringing doorbell frequently go undetected for several minutes or more. Early hearing loss is normally most apparent in particular (and frequently high-pitched) frequencies of sound.
- There’s a ringing in your ears: This ringing, which can also be the sound of thumping, screeching, buzzing, or other sounds, is technically known as tinnitus. Tinnitus is often an early warning sign of hearing loss, but not always so if your ears are ringing, a hearing exam is probably in order.
- It’s suddenly very difficult to comprehend phone calls: People do a lot of texting nowadays, so you might not take as many phone calls as you used to. But if you’re having problems understanding the phone calls you do receive (even with the volume turned all the way up), you may be dealing with another red flag for your hearing.
It’s Time to Get a Hearing Test
Regardless of how many of these early warning signs you may encounter, there’s really only one way to recognize, with confidence, whether your hearing is going bad: get a hearing test.
You could very well be experiencing some amount of hearing loss even if you’re only experiencing one of these early warning signs. What level of hearing impairment you may be dealing with can only be determined with a hearing assessment. Then it will become more clear what needs to be done about it.
This will make your next family gathering a lot easier and more enjoyable.