Your last family dinner was disheartening. It wasn’t because your family was having a tough time getting along. The problem was the noise, which was making it difficult to hear anything. So you didn’t get the details about Judy’s promotion, and you didn’t have an opportunity to ask about Todd’s new cat. It was frustrating. Mostly, you blame the acoustics. But you’re also willing to admit that your hearing may be starting to wane.
It’s not typically advisable to attempt to self diagnose hearing loss because it generally isn’t possible. But you should keep your eye out for some early warning signs. If some of these warning signs develop, it’s probably time to have your hearing examined.
Hearing Loss Has Some Early Warning Signs
Some of the indications of hearing loss are subtle. But if you happen to find yourself noticing any of the items on the following list, you just might be dealing with some level of hearing loss.
Here are a few of the warning signs of hearing loss:
- It’s suddenly very difficult to comprehend phone calls: People do a lot of texting nowadays, so you might not take as many phone calls as you used to. But if you have the volume cranked all the way up on your phone and you’re still having difficulty hearing calls, it’s most likely an early warning of hearing loss.
- Certain words seem harder to hear than others. This red flag often pops up because consonants are starting to sound similar, or, at least, becoming harder to differentiate. The th- and sh- sounds are very commonly muffled. It can also commonly be the p- and t- sounds or the s- and f- sounds
Next Up: Get a Test
Regardless of how many of these early warning signs you might experience, there’s really only one way to know, with confidence, whether your hearing is going bad: get a hearing test.
Broadly speaking, any single one of these early warning signs could be an indication that you’re developing some kind of hearing impairment. A hearing assessment will be able to tell what level of impairment, if any, is present. Then it will become more clear what has to be done about it.
This will make your next family get together a lot easier and more enjoyable.