One in five Americans has a hearing loss, which means it’s fairly likely that someone you know does. It could be your mom or dad, your sibling, or a friend. It could even be you. But how can you tell if you have a hearing loss? There are a few signs you can watch out for. Just ask yourself these questions:
Do you keep having to turn the volume up?
You might not have noticed it yet, but is the volume on your cell or TV set higher than it used to be? Hearing loss can creep up on you and you may find you’ve gradually had to increase the volume.
Do you ask people to repeat themselves more often?
While it is expected that from time to time we all miss what someone is saying, perhaps because our thoughts are elsewhere, it isn’t normal to frequently need to ask people to repeat themselves. Ask a friend or family member whether they’ve noticed you requesting this more often in conversations.
Do you struggle to keep up with conversations in crowds?
Hearing loss makes following a conversation against background noise much more difficult. Whether you’re having dinner at a restaurant or going to watch a football game, if you’re struggling to understand the people around you, you may have a hearing loss.
Are you avoiding answering the phone?
Talking on the phone is much harder than having a conversation in person if you have a hearing loss, as you don’t have any non-verbal cues to help you understand what is being said. If you find talking on the phone a struggle and are often switching the receiver from one ear to the other to better hear things, a hearing loss is a distinct possibility.
Are women and children harder to understand?
Women and children tend to speak at higher sound frequencies. These are the frequencies that become the hardest to hear when you have a hearing loss. If it’s easier to understand your uncle or nephew than it is your aunt or niece, a hearing loss may be responsible.
Are you increasingly tired at the end of a day spent with people?
It takes a lot more effort to keep up with conversations when your hearing isn’t as good as it used to be. This can leave you feeling exhausted at the end of the day, especially if it has been a day full of talking to work colleagues, family, or friends. You may find that as a result, you are isolating yourself and turning down invitations to events.
If you have answered yes to any of these questions, it is important to get your hearing health checked. At Concierge Hearing Aid Services, we understand that the prospect of getting a hearing test can be a daunting one. That is why our hearing aid specialist, Wendy Meyer-Eberhard, will come to you so you can have a hearing test at home. Wendy serves the areas of Orange County, San Diego, Riverside, and Los Angeles. So call her now at 949-478-1254 to schedule your appointment in the comfort of your own home.