When we start to notice that something about us isn’t working as well as it should it can be hard to admit that we need to get it checked out. One such instance is noticing a deterioration in our hearing. This could be down to ageing, a recent event, or an underlying condition. It can be difficult to be certain of gradual hearing loss, but there are some things that point to it.
Subtle Indicators of Hearing Loss
The earliest signs of a potential reduction in hearing ability are subtle. This can make them hard to notice as a you can subconsciously compensate with other senses at this early stage. But with some attentiveness you may be able to spot them. Some of these signs are:
- Increasing the volume on the television and other electronic devices to a higher level
- Missing parts of conversations, both in groups and one on one
- Not hearing the phone ring and seeing missed calls
- Missing the doorbell frequently
- Denying you have a problem when others point it out.
These are by no means a guarantee of an issue, but if you find a lot of these happen often then it’s at least worth getting your hearing checked out.
More Serious Signs of Hearing Loss
If you don’t notice the early signs and the condition is serious enough to keep deteriorating then you may experience additional, more blatant symptoms. These can include:
- All sound seeming quieter than normal
- Muffled or vague sound, particularly with speech and other detailed noise
- Not being to discern where sound is coming from
- Difficulty separating foreground and background noise
- Not being able to tell sounds apart.
If you experience these symptoms the likelihood is that you are experiencing hearing loss due to an underlying condition or ageing and should consult a doctor. They can then determine with more certainty what adjustments or treatment you may require to improve your situation.
Possible Ways to Improve Hearing Loss
Depending on the severity of your situation there are a number of ways to improve hearing. If you are experiencing only mild difficulties you can make simple adjustments in your daily habits that may help. For example, when having a conversation in a group placing yourself somewhere in the centre can help you hear better and see what people are saying. Additionally, one on one conversations may be easier if you can see the persons mouth head on and in good light.
If you find that these adjustments do not work and hearing is continually becoming more difficult you may be given a treatment or device to help you. Clearing wax from the ear canals is one of the simplest treatments for those who do not have an underlying condition, but for those who do a hearing aid may be required. In more serious cases, an implant may be recommended and in situations of deafness the need to lipread and learn sign language may become necessary, but only in the most severe scenarios.