Hearing loss occurs all over the world, with a whopping 20% of Americans (that’s 48 million!) currently affected. Many of the symptoms can emerge gradually, while others are diagnosed at birth. Think about your situation and how it might be affecting your hearing. Do you frequently play loud music? Is hearing loss part of your family’s genetics? Spotting the symptoms can help prevent permanent hearing loss, especially in young children. Don’t wait; identify the symptoms and book an appointment today.
Hearing loss brings about a sense of frustration and oftentimes embarrassment. If you find yourself asking others to repeat information, a decrease in hearing might be to blame. Don’t let the emotional and physical implications bring you down. Get your hearing checked so that you can go back to enjoying conversations with the people you love.
Decreased hearing means having to focus harder during lengthy conversations. The frequent strain can result in recurring headaches and exhaustion. If you feel fatigued often, that could be a sign of hearing loss. Catching the symptoms early could save your hearing. Your doctor can provide you with a hearing aid to reduce the strain of those hard-to-hear conversations.
As hearing loss occurs, higher frequencies become difficult to identify. Those higher-pitched sounds might be impossible to hear or sound different as symptoms emerge. These sounds might also cause physical discomfort. Learn to control these frequencies with a hearing aid and other treatments available to you.
As hearing loss develops, symptoms of tinnitus might also occur. Tinnitus is described as the sensation of hearing sound when no external sound is present. These sounds can appear as ringing, buzzing, and even a lengthy hissing noise. If ringing sounds seem to be following you around, it could be an indication of hearing loss.
Do friends often tell you that you’re shouting? Do you find yourself growing louder during conversations? These could be signs that you’re developing hearing loss. You might not have noticed, but your hearing could have decreased, causing you to raise your voice more often.
Are you finding it difficult to understand people on the phone? Do you frequently have to turn up the volume? This might not be an issue with your phone line. Hearing loss means straining to understand people whose voices were once clear to you. Don’t be ashamed of that high-level volume, go and see your doctor.
Remember, there’s absolutely no shame in being affected by hearing loss. If you notice any of these symptoms, it might be time to get your hearing checked. With improved Bluetooth technology, modern hearing aids are comfortable and invisible. Don’t be embarrassed. Download our hearing health guide to learn more about your hearing test.
Dr. Hubik is the owner and founder of one of West Texas’ most trusted and professional hearing providers, Cornerstone Audiology. She received her bachelor of science degree in communication disorders as well as her doctorate of audiology from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC). In her youth, Dr. Hubik became interested in helping people with hearing loss to communicate more effectively and therefore pursued a degree in this field. Dr. Hubik was born and raised in Anton, Texas and appreciates working with the people of West Texas. She and her team are proud to serve the hearing needs of their community.