Hearing loss can come on so gradually that it can be very difficult to tell when you actually need to get it looked at. There are plenty of signs to look out for.
Remember to check with a hearing specialist before jumping to any conclusions. Keep reading to learn 3 signs that you may need a hearing aid!
Hearing Loss Symptoms
People Are Always “Mumbling”
There’s a saying that goes, “If everybody but you is wrong, then you’re probably wrong”. Same goes for hearing loss.
Having difficulty hearing everyone means it's likely your hearing is at fault. You might feel frustrated or ashamed that you are having trouble hearing.
But it doesn't mean the world around you has forgotten how to talk properly! If you can't hear things like the television or people talking to you, get your hearing checked.
Your Mood Becomes Affected
Hearing loss can affect our mood, especially if we don’t realize that we have it. Not being able to hear the world around you could cause depression or anger. There's nothing more draining than trying to keep up with a conversation you can't hear.
You may become more reserved because you cannot hear conversations well. If people are remarking that you are coming off as angry or depressed, you may need to get your ears looked at.
Children And Women Are Particularly Difficult To Understand
You may be able to hear deeper voices. Generally speaking, women and children have higher frequency speaking voices. People with hearing loss tend to lose their higher frequency hearing first.
What Causes Hearing Loss?
There are many ways that you can lose your hearing. Some common ways are disease, injury, and age-related disorders. Hearing loss can even be caused if you hear a noise that's too loud.
Here is more information about some potential causes of hearing loss:
- Otosclerosis is a disease that affects the middle of the ear. This makes it difficult for the tiny bones inside the ear to move.
- Acoustic neuroma is a type of tumor that will not only cause hearing loss but ringing in the ears.
- Damage to the middle ear, the eardrum, and to some parts of the brain can strongly affect hearing.
- Certain drugs, (ototoxic medications), cause hearing loss as a side effect. This ranges from diuretics, antibiotics, and chemotherapy drugs.
- Ménière's disease affects the inner ear and can cause severe dizziness.
- Loud noises, such as an explosion or a gunshot that’s too close, can cause sudden hearing loss. Exposure to music or other loud sounds will cause hearing loss over time. This can happen without noticing until you've lost hearing capabilities.
Come in today to find out what you can do about hearing loss! At Danbury Eye, you can book an appointment with Dr. Elaine Raccio. Dr. Raccio is our resident Hearing Instrument Specialist.
Untreated hearing loss is frustrating to deal with. Stop letting hearing loss run your life and come in to Danbury Eye in Danbury, CT!