The last time you had dinner with your family was a difficult experience. It wasn’t because your family was having a tough time getting along. No, the source of the frustration was simple: it was noisy, and you couldn’t hear anything. So you didn’t get the details about Judy’s promotion, and you didn’t have an opportunity to ask about Todd’s new puppy. The whole experience was extremely aggravating. You feel like the room’s acoustics played a big part. But you’re also willing to accept that your hearing might be starting to go.
It isn’t typically recommended to attempt to self diagnose hearing loss because it generally isn’t possible. But there are some early warning signs you should keep your eye on. When enough of these red flags emerge, it’s worth scheduling an appointment to get checked by a hearing specialist.
Early Signs of Hearing Loss
Not every sign and symptom of hearing loss is noticeable. But you could be dealing with some degree of hearing loss if you find yourself detecting some of these signs.
Some of the most common early signs of hearing impairment may include:
- Someone observes that the volume on your media devices gets louder and louder. Perhaps you keep turning the volume up on your mobile device. Possibly it’s your TV that’s at max volume. In most cases, you’re not the one that observes the loud volume, it’s your kids, maybe your neighbor, or your friends.
- You have a hard time following interactions in a crowded or noisy place. In the “family dinner” illustration above, this exact thing occurred and it’s definitely an early warning sign.
It’s Time to Get a Hearing Test
Regardless of how many of these early warning signs you might experience, there’s really only one way to recognize, with confidence, whether your hearing is going bad: get your hearing tested.
You might very well be experiencing some amount of hearing loss even if you’re only noticing one of these early warning signs. What level of hearing loss you may be dealing with can only be determined with a hearing examination. And then you’ll be better equipped to get the correct treatment.
This means your next family gathering can be a great deal more enjoyable.