Puretone Hearing Aid Center - Longview, Marshall, and San Antonio, TX

Woman sitting on a grey couch gazing out the window wondering if she has hearing loss.

The last time you ate dinner with family, you were quite aggravated. Not because of any intra-family drama (though there’s always a little bit of that). No, the source of the stress was simple: it was loud, and you couldn’t hear anything. So you didn’t hear the details about Nancy’s raise, and you didn’t have the ability to ask about Todd’s new dog. And that was really annoying. Mostly, you blame the acoustics. But you have to acknowledge that it may be an issue with your hearing.

It’s not generally recommended to self diagnose hearing loss because it’s truly challenging to do. But there are some early red flags you should watch for. When enough red flags appear, it’s time to call us for a hearing assessment.

Hearing loss’s early signs

Not every symptom and sign of hearing loss is noticeable. But you could be experiencing hearing loss if you can relate to any of the items on this list.

Some of the most common initial signs of hearing impairment may include:

  • You notice ringing in your ears: This ringing (it can actually be other noises too) is known as tinnitus. Tinnitus isn’t always related to hearing problems, but it is frequently an early warning sign of hearing loss, so a hearing test is probably needed.
  • Normal sounds seem unbearably loud. You may or may not experience this but if you do, keep in mind that it can be an early warning of hearing loss. If particular sounds become oppressively loud (especially if the issue doesn’t go away in short order), that may be an early hearing loss symptom.
  • Specific words are difficult to understand. This warning sign often pops up because consonants are starting to sound alike, or at least, becoming harder to differentiate. Normally, it’s the sh- and th- sounds that are muffled. But another common example is when the “s” and “f” sounds become confused.
  • You keep requesting that people repeat themselves. This is especially true if you’re asking multiple people to slow down, say something again, or speak up. This early sign of hearing impairment could be happening without you even noticing.
  • High-pitched sounds are hard to hear. Perhaps you just realized your teapot was whistling after five minutes. Or perhaps, you never even hear the doorbell ringing. Hearing loss generally impacts specific frequencies normally higher pitched frequencies.
  • It’s suddenly very hard to understand phone calls: Texting is popular these days, so you might not take as many phone calls as you once did. But if you’re having difficulty understanding the phone calls you do receive (even with the volume turned all the way up), you might be confronting another red flag for your hearing.
  • You have a hard time hearing conversations in a busy or noisy setting. This is frequently an early sign of hearing loss.
  • Somebody notices that the volume on your media devices gets louder and louder. Perhaps the volume on your mobile phone keeps getting louder and louder. Or perhaps, your TV speakers are as loud as they go. Usually, it’s a family member or a friend that points out the loud volumes.

Get a hearing test

You may have one or more of these early warnings but the only real way to know the health of your hearing is to get a hearing assessment.

In general, any single one of these early warning signs could indicate that you’re developing some kind of hearing impairment. A hearing assessment will be able to reveal what level of impairment, if any, exists. Once we discover the degree of hearing loss, we can figure out the best course of treatment.

This will help you have a much more enjoyable time at that next family gathering.

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The site information is for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. To receive personalized advice or treatment, schedule an appointment.