You don’t abruptly lose your hearing one morning when you wake up. Hearing loss happens in degrees for most people, particularly when it comes 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 symptoms show up sooner, though, and you may not realize there is an issue right away.
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. However, if you’re not sure what the signs are, you can’t recognize them. You may have hearing loss if you have any of these eight barely noticeable indicators.
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 typical symptom of hearing loss.
Triggers are a significant factor with tinnitus so it can be intermittent, too. For instance, perhaps the ringing, buzzing or roaring only happens when you first get up or when you are tired.
Tinnitus is a sign that something else is going on with your body so it should never be ignored. Besides hearing loss, tinnitus can be induced by high blood pressure, trauma, or a circulatory problem. If you want to know for sure, you will need to see your doctor.
2. Talking on The Phone is Stressful
It’s easy to make excuses for phone issues like:
- I have an out dated phone.
- My phone is damaged from being dropped.
- It’s a new phone, and I’m just not used to it yet.
If you hate talking on the phone consider the reasons why. If you have the volume all the way up and can’t understand what is being said, let a friend test the phone for you. If they can hear the conversation and you can’t, your hearing is the issue.
3. It Seems As if Everybody Mumbles These Days
Lately, it’s not only your kids, but also your neighbor, the news anchor, and even your spouse that have started to mumble to you. Could it actually be possible that suddenly everyone in your life has poor enunciation.
It’s more likely that you may not be hearing words in the same way. Mumbling or dropped off consonants such as “S” or “T” is one of the first signs that your hearing is changing.
4. What Did You Say?
Only when someone calls you out for saying “what?” a lot do you start to recognize that you can’t hear conversations as well anymore. Usually, the first to notice you have hearing loss are people close to you like coworkers or family members. If someone says something about it, pay attention.
5. Some People You Hear Fine But Others Not so Much
Maybe you can understand the neighbor perfectly, but when his wife starts talking, everything gets messed up. You can have sensorineural hearing loss, or damage 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 a higher pitch. You might have the same problem with your grandchild or daughter. Even when you are in common situations, something as simple as trying to hear the sound of an alarm clock ar a microwave can make things difficult. Those sounds are high pitched, as well.
6. Going Out Used to be a Lot More Fun
Worse yet are the people who actually mumble. Also, it’s much harder to comprehend what people are saying when you are in a noisy place. It becomes impossible to hear anything when you are at dinner and people start talking around you or the AC pops on.
7. You Feel More Tired Than Usual
It’s can be draining struggling to understand what people are saying. Your brain has to work overtime to manage what it does hear, so you are more tired than usual. You might even notice changes in your other senses. 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 checked if your eye exam came back normal.
8. That Dang TV
Instead of blaming the service provider when you need to keep cranking the TV up, consider getting a hearing exam. When you have loss of hearing it can be difficult to hear dialog. For example, when the background music is playing, it makes everything sound confusing. What about the other sounds in the room such as the AC or the ceiling fan? Your hearing is most likely beginning to fail if you have to keep turning up the volume.
The good news is all you need to do to know for sure is a professional hearing examination. Hearing aids should get things back to normal if it turns out that you have a hearing problem.