The last time you had dinner with your family was a hard experience. It wasn’t because your family was having a difficult time getting along. No, the source of the frustration was simple: it was loud, and you couldn’t hear a thing. So you weren’t able to have very much meaningful conversation with any of your family members. It was irritating. You feel like the room’s acoustics played a big part. But you’re also willing to accept that your hearing may be starting to wane.
It’s not generally advisable to attempt to self diagnose hearing loss because it generally isn’t possible. But there are some early warning signs you should keep on your radar. If some of these warning signs show up, it’s most likely time to have your hearing tested.
Hearing Loss Has Some Early Warning Signs
Not every sign and symptom of hearing loss is obvious. But if you should find your own experiences reflected in any of the items on the following list, you just may be going through some amount of hearing loss.
Here are some of the warning signs of hearing loss:
- Someone notices that the volume on your media devices gets louder and louder. Perhaps the volume on your phone keeps getting louder and louder. Possibly it’s your TV that’s at full volume. Usually, you’re not the one that notices the loud volume, it’s your children, maybe your neighbor, or your friends.
- You often need people to repeat what they said. If you find yourself continually asking people to speak up, repeat what they said, or slow down when they speak, this is especially true. You may not even realize you’re making such frequent requests, but it can definitely be an early sign of diminishing hearing.
Next Up: Take a Examination
You still can’t be certain whether you’re confronting hearing loss even if you are experiencing some of these early warning signs. You will need to get a hearing exam to know for sure.
You could very well be experiencing some amount of hearing loss even if you’re only noticing one of these early warning signs. A hearing assessment will be able to tell what level of impairment, if any, exists. And then you’ll be better equipped to get the best treatment.
This will make your next family get together a lot easier and more enjoyable.