Signs of a Hearing Loss
If you or a loved one suspect or experiencing hearing loss and considering a solution, here are some things to consider before you make a decision.
Just as each individual is different, so too is a persons hearing loss. No two people will loose hearing ability in the same way. For example, some losses occur in the higher frequency ranges while others may experience difficulty in hearing softer sounds.
Symptoms you may need to have your hearing evaluated by a hearing professional:
- A hearing problem cause you to feel embarrassed when meeting new people.
- A hearing problem cause you to feel frustrated when talking to members of your family.
- You have difficulty hearing when someone speaks in a whisper.
- You feel handicapped by a hearing problem.
- Your hearing problem cause you difficulty when visiting friends, relatives or neighbors.
- A hearing problem cause you difficulty at the movies, theater, or religious services.
- Your hearing problem cause you to have arguments with family members.
- Your hearing problem cause you difficulty when listening to TV or radio.
- You feel that any difficulty with your hearing limits or hampers your personal life.
- A hearing problem cause you difficulty when in a restaurant with family and friends.
- It seem like people mumble more than they used to.
- After a long conversation, do you feel tired or irritable.
- You find yourself frequently asking people to repeat themselves.
- You find you miss part of the conversation when there's a lot of background noise.
- Its difficult for you to converse on a telephone.
- You ever have difficulty hearing the door bell or telephone ring.
- A need to turn up the volume on your TV or radio to enjoy the programs.
- You sense your hearing ability limits your personal or social life.
If you answer Yes to some of these questions you are probably suffering hearing loss. Make an appointment with your hearing professional for a complete hearing test.
What are the results for people who don't correct their hearing problems? Fatigue and/or inattentiveness, indifference, social withdrawal, insecurity, indecision, suspiciousness, false pride, speech deterioration, loneliness, unhappiness, and a need to dominate conversation.
Can hearing aids restore my hearing? Hearing aids may be extremely helpful, but they can in no way restore hearing. Instead, hearing aids provide more information to a deficient auditory system to compensate for hearing loss.
What should I know when choosing a hearing aid? You need to know what each particular hearing aid can and cannot do:
- about sound quality
- is it user friendly
- will it help in noisy places or quiet places
- how can it be adjusted;
- what types of special features can be added;
- is it comfortable
- what it costs to maintain;
- important information regarding the particular product