Aging is one of the most common causes of hearing loss. Most cases of age-related hearing loss come on gradually, and many people can easily ignore some of the early signs. However, the earlier you can get tested and treated with hearing aids, the better it is for your hearing health. Here are five signs you should pay attention to.
Everyone Sounds Like They Are Mumbling
Speech is one of the first sounds that is usually affected by age-related hearing loss. This is because many speech sounds, including consonant sounds, are higher in frequency. Whether at work or home, you may start noticing that you’re having trouble understanding what others are saying and need to ask them to repeat themselves more frequently. You may notice this even more when speaking with children or people with higher-pitched voices.
You Have Trouble Following Conversations in a Crowded Room
Louder environments can make it harder for everyone to hear, but it becomes especially difficult for anyone with hearing loss. Crowded events often have lots of background noise and various people speaking at once. You may find yourself straining to hear what’s being said when you’re out with friends at a busy Santa Monica restaurant like Jonah’s Kitchen + Bar.
You Regularly Experience Listening Fatigue
A full day of socializing or work meetings can take a toll on anyone. However, if you have hearing loss, your brain has to work harder to understand sounds, meaning that you tend to experience listening fatigue quickly and more frequently. This can lead to strain and mental exhaustion and affect your ability to concentrate as the day goes on.
It’s Harder To Talk On The Phone
We usually use both ears equally to hear, but when on the phone, you’re typically relying on one more than the other. This can be difficult with hearing loss, especially if you have more hearing loss in one ear than the other. Phone conversations can also be harder because the sound quality on calls can vary depending on your location and other factors.
Others Have Commented on Your Hearing
Because the signs of hearing loss can be subtle, you might not be the first one to notice. If you’ve had family members or other loved ones comment on how loudly you turn up the television or listen to music or have expressed frustration at having to repeat themselves to get your attention, consider scheduling an appointment for a hearing test.
For more information or to make an appointment with one of our specialists, call The House Institute Hearing Health Centers today.