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Recognizing the Signs of Hearing Loss

Losing your hearing is a progression that generally takes place over years and is hard to recognize. Commonly, the first sign is that individuals conversing with you appear to murmur.  You may find yourself asking friends and family to speak up or talk louder.  You may also notice that women and kids are a bit harder to hear as their voices are commonly higher in pitch with softer tones.

According to the Mayo Clinic, there are some telling signs that you may be experiencing hearing loss. They include:

  • Trouble comprehending words in an ordinary discussion
  • Often requesting that others repeat what they've said, or to talk louder
  • Noticing that you have to turn up the volume on your radio or TV frequently
  • Withdrawing from discussions when in restaurants or other loud areas
  • Dodging circumstances that force you to listen intently such as meeting a new person

While it is not surprising to lose some of your ability to hear as you age, some individuals are at an increased risk for hearing loss. The factors that could affect hearing loss include family history, chosen career, and certain medical conditions such as coronary disease, circulator disease, thyroid issues and diabetes. Also, there are known medications that may also lead to temporary or permanent hearing loss.

On the off chance that you think that you may be encountering hearing loss, it is important to see your ear, nose, and throat doctor, or visit an audiologist for a listening assessment. A late study at Johns Hopkins University likewise found that seniors with simply a 25-decibel listening loss are nearly three times more likely to endure a fall than seniors with great hearing. This may be because hearing loss also is a sign of other impending problems.

If you still aren't certain, the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders offers a straightforward online test to help you figure out whether now is the right time to see a specialist about your hearing loss. Today, there are numerous alternatives for hearing aids and your doctor will have the capacity to focus specifically on your loss and ways to remedy it.


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