The ability to hear is a gift that many often take for granted. Just like the saying “you don’t know what you have until it’s gone”, many people don’t appreciate what they have until they lose it. Unfortunately, hearing loss is a common problem in the United States, and the number is rising. Hearing loss is a serious issue that shouldn’t be taken lightly, as your ears play a vital role in your relationships and has a direct connection to a person’s quality of life. While hearing loss does happen with age, other aspects of modern living can affect a person’s ability to hear. This is why being educated on the signs and symptoms of hearing loss are essential. Being aware of what to look out for can help you become more proactive about your health.
Worried that you may be facing hearing loss? If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, make an appointment with your doctor as soon as possible.
- You often ask others to repeat themselves.
- Others tell you that you speak too loudly.
- People often sound like they are mumbling.
- Others find that you have the volume up too loud on the television or radio.
- Telephone conversations are becoming harder to follow.
- You have problems following and understanding words in a conversation.
- It’s hard to follow and understand a conversation when in a large group or crowd of people. This is especially true when more than one person is speaking.
- The sounds of “F” and “S”, as well as high-pitched sounds, are hard to understand.
- You often mishear others and hear something different.
- You often experience ringing in the ears (tinnitus).
- You are no longer able to hear everyday household sounds, such as the doorbell or a dripping faucet.
- You find that you have trouble hearing when your back is turned to the speaker.
It is important that you get help for your hearing loss as soon as possible. If you suspect hearing loss in one or both of your ears, don’t delay. When caught early, hearing loss can be treated. However, the longer you wait, the harder it becomes to treat hearing loss. Remember, acknowledging that there is a problem is the first step down the road to recovery.
Need to schedule a hearing screening? If you live in the NYC metro area and are in need of a hearing healthcare professional, schedule an appointment with Dr. Neil Sperling today!