Your last family get together was frustrating. Not because of any intra-family drama (though there’s always some of that). The issue was the noise, which was making it hard to hear anything. So you didn’t get the details about Judy’s promotion, and you didn’t have an opportunity to ask about Jay’s new puppy. The whole experience was extremely aggravating. You feel like the room’s acoustics played a big part. But you can’t totally ignore the possibility that perhaps your hearing is starting to go bad.
It can be incredibly challenging to self-diagnose hearing loss (that’s why, generally, it’s not advisable). But there are a few early warning signs you should keep your eye on. If some of these warning signs appear, it’s probably time to have your hearing examined.
Hearing Loss Has Some Early Warning Signs
Not every sign and symptom of hearing loss is evident. But if you should find yourself noticing any of the items on the following list, you just may be dealing with some amount of hearing loss.
Here are a few of the warning signs of hearing loss:
- You experience some that your ears are ringing: Ringing in your ears is called tinnitus (and, actually, tinnitus can be other sounds too: thumping, buzzing, screeching, humming, and so on). Tinnitus isn’t always associated with hearing problems, but it is frequently an early warning sign of hearing loss, so a hearing test is most likely in order.
- It’s suddenly very hard to understand phone calls: People do a lot of texting nowadays, so you might not take as many phone calls as you once did. But if you’re having trouble understanding the phone calls you do receive (even with the volume cranked all the way up), you may be facing another red flag for your hearing.
It’s Time to Get a Hearing Test
You still can’t be certain whether you’re dealing with hearing loss even if you are encountering some of these early warning signs. You will need to get a hearing exam to know for sure.
You could very well be going through some level of hearing loss even if you’re only experiencing one of these early warning signs. What level of hearing loss you might be dealing with can only be determined with a hearing evaluation. And then you’ll be better equipped to get the best treatment.
This will make your next family get together a lot smoother and more enjoyable.