Your last family get together was discouraging. Not because of any intra-family drama (though there’s always some of that). The issue was the noise, which was making it difficult to hear anything. So you weren’t able to have very much meaningful conversation with any members of your family. The whole experience was extremely aggravating. For the most part, you blame the acoustics. But you can’t entirely dismiss the possibility that perhaps your hearing is starting to go bad.
It can be incredibly challenging to self-diagnose hearing loss (that’s why, typically, it’s not advisable). But you should keep your eye out for some early warning signs. If some of these warning signs surface, it’s most likely time to get your hearing tested.
Early Signs of Hearing Loss
Several of the signs of hearing loss are subtle. But you might be going through some level of hearing loss if you find yourself noticing some of these signs.
Here are some of the warning signs of hearing loss:
- You keep asking people to repeat themselves. If you find yourself continually asking people to talk louder, repeat themselves, or slow down when they speak, this is particularly true. Sometimes, you may not even acknowledge how often this is occurring and you might miss this red flag.
- High pitched sounds are difficult to hear. Perhaps you find your teapot has been whistling for a while and you didn’t hear it. Or maybe the doorbell rings, and you never notice it. Particular frequencies (frequently high pitched) will usually be the first to go with early hearing loss.
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No matter how many of these early warning signs you might encounter, there’s really only one way to know, with certainty, whether your hearing is fading: get your hearing tested.
Broadly speaking, any single one of these early warning signs could be evidence that you’re developing some kind of hearing impairment. A hearing test will be able to tell what level of impairment, if any, is present. And then you’ll be better equipped to find the correct treatment.
This means your next family gathering can be far more enjoyable.