Hearing loss isn’t always completely obvious. After all, humans adapt very quickly to physical and environmental changes.
A slow reduction in the volume you can hear may not be immediately noticed. In fact, it takes Americans an average of 15 years of progressive hearing loss before they get a hearing aid. Don’t wait that long before you get treated.
So, what are the signs that could mean your hearing isn’t all it should be?
1.“What was that?”
It can be irritating for both parties if you have to constantly ask people to repeat themselves. There are only so many times you can say “excuse me?” before you have to smile, nod and pray you can guess what they are saying.
2. Noisy backgrounds
Have you ever been to a noisy restaurant or bar and found yourself totally lost when it comes to the conversation on your table?
3. Women and children are harder to hear
In general, women and children speak in higher tones, which are actually more difficult to hear. Starting to mishear what they say can be an early sign.
4. Ear swapping
Do you regularly swap ears when you are speaking on the phone? What seems like an innocent comfort habit can actually be indicative of hearing loss.
Hearing a ringing, whooshing or buzzing in your ears? This could well be a sign of tinnitus.
6. Turn it down
The battle of the remote control: you find yourself constantly turning up the volume on the TV, to the irritation of your friends and family who complain that it is too loud.
7. Exhausted ears
If you feel tired after social occasions, this can be a result of straining your ears to hear others in conversations, which actually causes physical fatigue.
8. “I’m right in front of you”
If you shout without realising, or even the opposite – speak too quietly in a whisper, this too can indicate a hearing loss.