Hearing loss is a slow and incremental process, and as such most sufferers aren’t even aware of it until it’s already progressed quite a way. Moreover, when the truth becomes harder and harder to deny many of us tend to go straight into denial mode. “There’s something wrong with the TV”, “someone’s been tinkering with the settings on my phone”, “that waitress really needs to speak up”. This kind of denial is perfectly normal but it’s rarely ever helpful. Only by spotting the signs, being honest with yourself and being open to help and treatment can you prevent this health issue from becoming too problematic. Since it’s a universal truth that hearing loss tends to be degenerative and never, ever gets better of its own accord, you really should see an audiologist if you notice any of the following symptoms.
It behoves you to learn more about audiology. An audiologist will be able to help you ascertain the cause of your hearing loss and thus help you to find the right solution. Tell them if you’ve noticed any (or all) of the following…
People wince when you talk
To us, the volume of our voice is perfectly normal and reasonable, but sometimes when we talk to people, especially in a busy or crowded place they wince as though we’re shouting. This is because we’re raising our voices relative to what we assume to be the baseline but if the bar is significantly higher for us than it is for those with perfect hearing this can make us far louder than we actually intend to be.
Do you ever turn your head in reaction to a voice or noise on your right only to find the cause of the sound over to your left. This inability to determine the direction of a sound’s source is a classic indicator of hearing loss. As the hearing loss deteriorates in one ear, our “good” ear overcompensates, picking up the slack and leading our brain to think that our “good” ear has detected the sound when in fact it’s facilitating the function of the poorer ear.
You struggle to follow conversations
Getting together with friends in a cafe, pub or bar is a great way to catch up and reap the benefits of a healthy social life. Hearing loss, however, can prevent you from being able to properly follow the thread of the conversation. This may lead you to withdraw from the conversation and could possibly even cause you to eschew social interactions. Your social life is an important component of taking care of yourself and you owe it to yourself to do something about this.
Your neighbors complain that the TV is on too loud
There must be something wrong with the settings on your TV. You can hear the sound effects like loud bangs and explosions just fine but dialogue and subtler sound effects get lost in the shuffle. So, what do you do? You turn up the volume… Much to the chagrin of your neighbors. If you receive constant complaints about the TV volume, this can be a telling sign.
Don’t suffer another moment in silence. Book an appointment with an audiologist to put a solution in place.