Consider these questions: When was your last hearing test? Does it often feel as though you’re asking people to repeat themselves? Do other people in your household complain that you turn the volume on the TV up too loud? These are very common signs that you may be living with an untreated hearing loss.
Hearing loss refers to reduced hearing abilities, which can be caused by a variety of factors. Your hearing healthcare can also be monitored by getting an annual hearing test. It can either be congenital or acquired later in life and hearing loss can range from mild hearing loss to profound hearing loss. Sometimes it can be challenging you know you have a hearing loss because hearing loss can happen gradually over time and you may not recognize that you are missing certain everyday sounds. Hearing loss is spanning the generations, too. It’s the third most prevalent yet, treatable condition among seniors, behind arthritis and hypertension. Today however, hearing loss has become a concern for the younger ages as well.
“Researchers have noted a significant increase in hearing problems for children, and today, noise exposure has replaced aging as the number one cause of hearing loss in this country,” according to the American Academy of Audiology. Even more alarming is that approximately 36 million Americans have hearing loss, and although 95% of them could be helped by a hearing aid, only 23% of people living with hearing loss actually use hearing aids. If you’re wondering about your own hearing healthcare abilities, we’ve collected five signs of hearing loss you don’t want to ignore.
Do you often ask people to repeat themselves in conversations?
One of the biggest warning signs that you need a hearing test is and are living with some level of hearing loss is that you frequently asking people to repeat themselves. It may sound as though others are always mumbling or conversations are muffled. Getting a hearing test will help get you informed! These feelings are common with people who are living with untreated hearing loss. And while you’ll certainly be affected if you can’t hear what those around you are saying, your loved ones may suffer too.
Does background noise make it challenging for you to hear & understand conversations?
Hearing loss can make it hard to hear in places with lots of background noise, such as on planes or in cars, at social events and parties, in restaurant or large venues, and especially when there are a lot of people talking. By getting a hearing test annually, clinical hearing care professionals can take the guess-work out of your hearing health. According to the American Academy of Audiology, “When you can hear and understand other people, you are more likely to participate in various activities and family events and generally remain more active. The inability to participate socially in conversations because you can’t hear well can cause mental consequences. We now have increasing evidence that there is a strong correlation between unaddressed or under-addressed hearing loss and cognitive decline.”
Do you need to turn up the volume on the TV or Radio often?
If you or a loved one are frequently turning up the volume so loud that others complain about how loud it is, the problem may not be with your TV or radio. This is a common warning sign of hearing loss and an indicator that you should get your hearing checked. Today, this is especially true for young people who listen to devices through headphones at maximum volume for extended periods of time. Such practices can cause a loss in hearing in young adults that they should be warned about.
Do you experience a “ringing” or “buzzing” in your ears?
Experiencing a “ringing” or “buzzing” sound in your ears is called Tinnitus. Tinnitus is usually a warning sign of hearing loss. If the ringing doesn’t subside or go away, consider getting a hearing test. When Tinnitus comes and goes in a matter of minutes, it can seem less intrusive on your life. However, the American Academy of Audiology suggests that “approximately 1-2% of the population have tinnitus severe enough that may lead to the following: anxiety, depression, problems with family and friends, an inability to concentrate and lack of sleep. Audiologists work with people with debilitating tinnitus for management of their symptoms.”
Are you missing everyday sounds?
When was the last time you heard the birds tweeting outside? Do you always sleep through your alarm or miss the ding of a text on your cell phone? Do you actively hear the doorbell when it rings? Experiencing hearing loss can cause you to miss out on many of these everyday sounds.
Hearing loss may also make it difficult for you to hear well when talking on the phone, particularly on a cell phone or in a noisy area where there’s lots of background noise. “Sometimes folks are not aware of the potential consequences of an untreated hearing impairment,” according to the American Academy of Audiology, “research has consistently shown that those with hearing loss suffer from embarrassment, isolation, and depression.”
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At Physicians Hearing Solutions, located in Warwick and East Providence, Rhode Island, our Audiologists will access each hearing health patient by collecting a case history in order to obtain specific information related to a patient’s tinnitus symptoms. Our Audiologists and specialized National Board-Certified Hearing Instrument Specialist (NBC-HIS) performs a complete hearing evaluation to show each patient’s exact hearing capabilities. Our specialized hearing health team will also help each patient complete questionnaires and forms in order to determine the level of impact tinnitus is having on each patient’s quality of life. Because tinnitus can occur in one or both ears, as well as at differing intensities, it is vital to collect as much patient experience information as possible in order to create a viable resolution.
We want you to know you can trust that you are getting the highest quality hearing healthcare each time you come to see us. Our goal is to improve your quality of life through providing you with the quality hearing healthcare you deserve. We offer complimentary complete Diagnostic Hearing Screenings. Please don’t wait, call today, (401) 921-0181 Warwick, Rhode Island office, (401) 435-5355 East Providence, Rhode Island office.