As you have grown older, you may have started to notice that you have to turn up the television a little louder or increase the volume on your phone to hear the person on the line. While these are some clear signs that you may have some hearing loss, you should also be on the lookout for the following more subtle symptoms.
1. You Notice a Ringing in Your Ears
One sign that you have some hearing loss is that you notice a ringing in your ears, which is also referred to tinnitus. At first, you may only notice the ringing when you are lying in bed in a quiet room. However, as the tinnitus worsens, you may notice it throughout the day, especially when you are exposed to loud noises.
Since the ringing may only seem like a small nuisance, it should never be ignored. Since tinnitus is also a symptom of other health issues, such as high blood pressure, you should have a doctor clear you of other possible causes. If they don't find any other problems, you should go see a hearing loss specialist to have the nerves in your ears examined.
2. You Find Some People's Voices Difficult to Hear
Another problem you may have been noticing that is an indicator of hearing loss is the inability to clearly hear some voices while being able to understand others. This difference in perceiving different voices comes from your ears being unable to hear certain tones and pitches.
For example, you may be able to fully hear someone with a higher-pitched voice. However, if you try to speak to someone with a deep tone, you may not be able to differentiate their words. You may even believe that they are mumbling, but that may not be the case, especially if you have trouble understanding anyone with a deep voice.
Or, you may have no issue hearing people with deep voices but are unable to hear someone with a high-pitched voice. This could be caused by damaged nerves in your ears that make it impossible to fully pick up these higher tones.
If you are experiencing any of the above scenarios, you may have some degree of hearing loss that should be checked out as soon as possible. Make an appointment with an audiologist at a hearing loss clinic so they can give you a full examination and determine the cause and extent of your hearing loss, as well as offer treatment suggestions.
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