Hearing loss is a big problem in itself, but it can lead to more, bigger issues that go beyond the state of your health. It can cause miscommunication, misunderstanding and frustration not only to sufferers but also to those around them.
Hearing impairment can be caused by a lot of factors, but the most common trigger is the aging process. Whatever its cause maybe, a hearing disorder needs to be identified as early as possible. Early detection can help you to take the necessary steps such as visiting a doctors hearing center to arrest the problem.
It is important for you to know that the onset of hearing disorder can be hard to notice because the symptoms are subtle and gradual, so you should know the signs. Here are the most common indicators that you or someone you know may be suffering from a hearing loss:
1. Difficulty hearing people during phone calls.
Can't clearly get what the caller is saying even if with the speaker volume set to the maximum? You probably should get your ears checked.
2. Difficulty following a conversation when people talk simultaneously.
As we age, our ability to process multiple incoming signals deteriorates. It is normal for the elderly to be unable to follow a conversation at times especially when two or more people talk at the same time. But if this happens to you at an early age, you might be in some health trouble.
3. Watching TV on high volume.
Doesn't it irritate you when family members (or worse, neighbors!) watch TV as if they're deaf? Chances are, they might be. If this happens, consider finding a solution to the problem regardless of it being related to "aging" or otherwise.
4. Feeling exhausted after normal conversations.
Ordinary conversations won't matter much for normal people. But if you feel exhausted at the end of the day because you had a conversation with someone, you are probably strained because of your efforts to follow the discussion. More specifically, you might be exerting more effort than usual to clearly hear someone talk. The energy and focus you exert can even trigger additional discomforts such as headaches and fatigue.
5. Saying "what?" more often.
If you keep on saying "what?" a lot of times even to people sitting across the table, chances are your senses are not able to process the sound signals you receive, and this could translate to a hearing issue.
6. Often misunderstanding what others are saying.
Getting angry with someone because you think he's "saying you're a fool" when in fact he tells you "you're cool" can be embarrassing. When someone tells you something and you hear a different thing, it could be a sign of hearing deterioration. You should prevent such scenes from happening again by visiting a health professional offering the most relevant hearing healthcare services.
These are some of the most common signs that tell you may have hearing loss. If you have experienced some of these on more than one occasion, you might have a problem with your hearing sense. You need to arrest this problem to be able to interact normally with normal people, and one of the best moves you can do to help yourself is to seek the advice of experts.
Contributed by http://www.okhc.org/