8 Subtle Signs Your Hearing is Failing
It’s not as if you just wake up one day, and your hearing is gone. Hearing loss comes gradually over time for most people, particularly when it comes to aging. Age-related hearing loss affects about one in three people in this country. Usually, the change isn’t even noticed until after the age of 75. You might not realize the trouble immediately even though some symptoms show up earlier.
Early hearing loss has progressive and subtle symptoms. Recognizing them as soon as possible is essential to slow down the progression of hearing loss or other health problems related to hearing loss. You can’t recognize the signs if you don’t know what they are, though. Think about these eight barely noticeable indicators that you could have hearing loss.
1. Ringing in The Ears
Okay, this isn’t really a subtle sign, but people tend to ignore it unless it’s distracting. The medical term for this ringing is tinnitus, a typical sign of hearing loss.
Triggers are a significant factor with tinnitus so it can be periodic, too. As an example, perhaps the ringing, buzzing or roaring only happens in the morning or when you are tired.
It’s essential that you don’t neglect tinnitus because it is an indication that something is going on with your body. It may be hearing loss, but it may also be a sign of high blood pressure, circulatory problems or trauma. You won’t know for certain until you consult your doctor, though.
2. Talking on The Phone is Stressful
Here are some common excuses for phone issues:
- I’m not used to my phone’s newer technology yet.
- I have an out dated phone.
- My phone is damaged from being dropped.
Think about why you dislike talking on our phone. Get someone else to test the phone for you if the volume is all the way up and you still don’t hear it. If you can’t hear the conversation but they can then you have a hearing problem.
3. These Days it Seems Like Everyone Mumbles
It used to be just the kids, but recently, the lady on the TV news, your neighbor, and your spouse all have taken to muttering when they speak to you. Could it actually be true that all of a sudden everyone in your life has poor enunciation.
It’s more probable that you might not be hearing words in the same way. Mumbling or dropped off consonants like “S” or “T” is one of the first indications that your hearing is changing.
Only after someone calls you out for saying “what?” a lot do you start to realize that you can’t hear conversations as well anymore. Usually, the people you see every day like coworkers or family are the first to notice you are struggling to hear. Pay attention if someone says something about it.
5. Some People You Hear Fine But Others Not so Much
Maybe when you are having a chat with the neighbor everything sounds fine but when his wife joins in you can’t understand a word. It’s a common sign of sensorineural hearing loss or damage to the nerves that send electrical messages to the brain.
Her voice isn’t as clear because it’s a higher pitch. You may have the same problem with your grandchild or daughter. Even things like the microwave or an alarm can throw a loop into things. Those sounds are also high pitched.
6. Going Out Isn’t as Much Fun as it Used to be
Again, there are those mumbling people, and that’s not fun. Also, being in noisy places makes comprehending what people say that much harder. It becomes impossible to hear anything when you are at dinner and people start chatting around you or the AC comes on.
7. You Never Used to Feel so Tired
It’s can be exhausting struggling to understand what people are saying. Your brain has to work extra hard to manage what it does hear, so you are more exhausted than normal. Your other senses may also undergo changes. If your brain is using 110 percent of its time and energy to comprehend words, what’s left for your eyesight or balance? If your last eye examination was normal, then the next thing to get checked is your hearing.
8. You Can’t Hear The TV
It is easy to blame the TV or the service provider when you have to keep turning up the volume, but if this is going on all the time, maybe it’s time for a hearing test. When you have hearing loss it can be difficult to follow dialog. For instance, when the background music is playing, it makes everything sound confusing. What about the other sounds in the room such as the AC or the ceiling fan? If the volume keeps going up, then your hearing may be failing.
The good news is all it takes to know for sure is a professional hearing exam. If you find out your hearing is declining, hearing aids will get things back to normal.