Hearing loss can happen gradually, and many people don’t realize when it’s time to start considering hearing aids. But when your hearing loss starts to interfere with daily life and relationships, you can’t ignore it any longer.
Our patients often tell us that their hearing aids make such a difference in their daily lives, they wish they had gotten them sooner. If you notice any of the following symptoms, it may be time to schedule an appointment with a doctoral-level audiologist.
1. You feel like people are always muttering
Have you noticed lately that those around you are always muttering? Are you missing words or even full sentences because you can’t make out every syllable they are saying? Often, this can start by struggling to differentiate consonants. If this is happening to you more often than in the past and with many different people, it may be a sign of hearing loss.
2. The TV is too quiet
Have you noticed that you keep turning up the volume on your TV and radio? Do others walk into the room and ask why the TV is so loud? This is often one of the first places people notice they are having trouble hearing. If your volume is set to the highest level, it’s probably time to check in with an audiologist.
3. Background noise is always annoying
Do you find that background noises are always drowning out the important sounds in your life? Is it harder to follow the radio when you’re in the car than when you’re at home? Often, these loud background noises taking over can be a sign of hearing loss and should be checked out by a professional.
4. Phone conversations are muffled
Have you noticed that it’s becoming harder and harder to understand your family and friends on the phone? Over the phone, we cannot read lips or body language, so it becomes even harder to follow the other person if hearing loss is an issue. If you keep asking those on the phone to repeat themselves, it’s probably time for a checkup.
5. You avoid social interaction
Finally, are you avoiding social situations because you’re finding it difficult to hear? This may be because you’re always asking people to repeat themselves, or because you find it hard to follow the conversation if more than one person is talking at a time. Have you misunderstood what someone is saying, and responded inappropriately? Hearing loss doesn’t mean you have to cut yourself off from your favorite activities and loved ones.
If these situations sound familiar, a doctoral-level audiologist can help you find the right hearing aids to meet your individual needs. It’s important to choose an audiologist who has the training and experience to effectively treat your hearing loss. Download our free e-book today to learn more!