Your last family dinner was frustrating. Not because of any intra-family drama (though there’s always a bit of that). The issue was the noise, which was making it hard to hear anything. So you weren’t able to have very much enjoyable conversation with any of your family members. The whole experience was incredibly aggravating. You feel like the room’s acoustics played a big part. But you can’t totally ignore the possibility that perhaps your hearing is beginning to go bad.
It can be incredibly challenging to self-diagnose hearing loss (that’s why, generally, it’s not advisable). But you should keep your eye out for some early warning signs. If some of these warning signs show up, it’s most likely time to have your hearing checked.
Hearing Loss Has Some Early Warning Signs
Several of the symptoms of hearing loss are subtle. But if you happen to find your own experiences reflected in any of the items on the following list, you just might be experiencing some level of hearing loss.
Some of the most prevalent early signs of hearing impairment might include:
- Someone makes you realize that you keep turning up the volume on your media. Perhaps you keep turning up the volume on your mobile phone. Or maybe your TV speakers are as loud as they will go. Usually, you’re not the one that notices the loud volume, it’s your kids, maybe your neighbor, or your friends.
- There’s a ringing in your ears: This ringing, which can also be the sound of screeching, thumping, buzzing, or other sounds, is technically named tinnitus. Tinnitus isn’t always connected with hearing issues, but it is often an early warning sign of hearing loss, so a hearing exam is probably in order.
It’s Time to Get a Hearing Test
No matter how many of these early warning signs you might encounter, there’s really only one way to recognize, with confidence, whether your hearing is going bad: get a hearing test.
You could very well be going through some amount of hearing loss even if you’re only noticing one of these early warning signs. A hearing evaluation will be able to tell what level of impairment, if any, is present. And then you’ll be better equipped to get the best treatment.
This will make your next family get together a lot smoother and more enjoyable.