Signs of Hearing Loss
It is rare to have hearing loss without it being preceded by some signs. These signs could include a feeling of a change in your voice when you talk sometimes or a feeling that your voice echoes at other times. It is important to be aware of these signs because they may serve as a warning bell, helping you detect and deal with the problem at an early stage. This allows you to prevent aggravation of the conditions and achieve better results in treatment.
If you answer the following questions with "yes", then it is time to consult with an audiologist:
- Are you incapable of understanding what others are saying?
- Do you have difficulty hearing what is being said over the phone?
- Do you find it difficult to hear conversations, especially if there is noise in your surrounding environment? Do you ask others to repeat what they said or speak louder?
- Do you read the speaker’s lips to understand what is being said?
- Do you hear buzzing, ringing or other sounds?
- Do you increase the volume of the TV or radio higher than those who are with you in the room or car?
- Do you feel that people around you seem to be whispering?
- Do you withdraw from conversations because you experience difficulty hearing them?
- Do you avoid social settings?