Hearing loss is not a condition that affects only the elderly. Loss of hearing can happen at any age. 15% of children between the ages of 6-19 have a measurable hearing loss in at least one ear. Age has stepped down as the leading cause of hearing loss and noise exposure has become one of the top contributing factors. Hearing loss is a treatable condition and if it goes untreated, it can cause you to miss out on more than you realize. Here are 4 unavoidable signs you need to have your hearing checked.
Do you frequently ask people to repeat themselves? While it may seem like people are mumbling all the time, the reality is your hearing has lost its sharp touch. This is a clear warning sign that you may have hearing loss. If it goes untreated, you’re not only affecting yourself but others around you.
Turn up the TV/ Radio
Do people complain about watching TV or listening to music with you? The problem is not that they don’t like you, it’s your loss of hearing. If you are constantly turning up the volume, it may be a sign it is time to turn to your doctor.
At some point, everyone experiences occasional ringing in their ears. However, if the ringing sound persists, you may have a loss of hearing. Ringing sounds often occur after being subjected to loud noises. Persistent ringing or roaring sounds are called tinnitus and are more serious. This goes for the kiddos too, if your child complains of ear pain or ringing in his/her ears don’t wait, get them tested.
Phone a friend
Do you have trouble hearing people on the phone? Hearing loss can make it difficult to speak on the phone. If your volume is set as high as it will go or people often complain you’re shouting, these are both warning signs you may need a hearing test.
Quick Hearing Checklist
- Do you watch TV alone because people complain the volume is too loud?
- Do you frequently have to ask people to speak up or repeat themselves?
- Is your phone volume set as loud as it will go?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, chances are you need a hearing test. Click here to scheduled your appointment today.