The signs of hearing loss can often go unnoticed for a number of years because hearing loss progresses slowly in most cases. Hearing loss is commonly recognized by family and friends, before you notice you are having difficulty hearing.
You may have a hearing loss if you
- Ask for repetition or say “what” often
- Have trouble following conversations in groups or background noise
- Feel people are speaking softly or mumbling
- Need the volume on your TV or phone turned up
- Hear a ringing or buzzing in your ears
- Need to watch the lips of speakers in order to understand what was said
Warning signs of hearing loss
- Fatigue after having to focus on conversations
- Frustration when you misunderstand or fail to hear what someone has said.
- Withdrawing from social situations that you enjoy because of the trouble hearing
- Embarrassment when meeting new people
- Friction between members of your family who point out the troubles you are having
Medical history that can impact hearing
- Family history of hearing loss not attributed to noise or medical conditions
- Taking ototoxic medications that can harm your hearing such as chemotherapy treatment or high dose IV antibiotics
- Have medical conditions such as diabetes, circulation problems, or heart disease
- Exposure to loud sounds
What to do if I have concerns?
Evaluation of your hearing by an audiologist is important to determine if a hearing loss exists. The audiologist will determine the type and degree of hearing loss and identify if there are medical concerns that require an evaluation by ENT physician.
What is involved in getting my hearing tested
- Medical History
- Puretones and Speech Testing
- Additional testing if needed
- Review of Results