As the third most prevalent treatable condition among seniors after arthritis and hypertension, hearing loss is quickly becoming an serious issue in the United States. What’s worse, loss of hearing can be so gradual you won’t even know how you got there.
The following are seven subtle signs you could benefit from a hearing test to find out if you’re losing this vital sense:
You keep asking “What did you say?”
This is one of the biggest signs that you could be losing your hearing. Often, it sounds like others are mumbling. The high-pitched voices of women and children, in particular, may be very difficult to hear.
You keep turning the volume up
If you find people starting to complain that the TV or sound system volume is too high, be warned; you could be losing your hearing.
You can’t hear in noisy places
Loss of hearing makes it hard to hear in places with a lot of background noise. For instance, you won’t hear much when in a car, plane, restaurant or at a party because a poorly functioning ear finds it very difficult to sort out information.
You find yourself missing out on everyday sounds
A good example is when you go for a walk outside and can’t hear the birds chirping. Or, you might find yourself sleeping through the alarm. If this is a recurring thing, you could be losing your hearing.
Ringing in the ear
Also known as tinnitus, ringing, buzzing or hissing in the ear can happen for many reasons especially after exposure to loud noise. However, if the ringing is persistent, it could be a sign of hearing loss.
Difficulty pinpointing the direction from which a sound is coming
A normally functioning ear will quickly pinpoint the direction from which a sound are coming. But when you start losing your hearing, it will often feel like the sounds are coming from nowhere.
You find conversations tiresome
Hearing specialists report that people who’ve recently began losing their sense of hearing find themselves tired after conversations. Why? Because those who are hard of hearing do a lot of work tracking what’s said.
Schedule A Hearing Test Today
If you of a family member is experiencing any of these signs, contact us at (973) 542-4031 to schedule a hearing test.