The last time you ate dinner with your family was a difficult experience. Not because of any intra-family drama (though there’s always a little bit of that). The issue was the noise, which was making it hard to hear anything. So you weren’t able to have very much meaningful conversation with any members of your family. The whole experience was extremely aggravating. You feel like the room’s acoustics played a big part. But you can’t totally ignore the possibility that perhaps your hearing is starting to go bad.
It isn’t generally recommended to try to self diagnose hearing loss because it usually isn’t possible. But there are some early warning signs you should keep on your radar. If some of these warning signs develop, it’s probably time to have your hearing tested.
Early Signs of Hearing Loss
Not every sign and symptom of hearing loss is evident. But if you should find your own experiences reflected in any of the items on the following list, you just might be dealing with some amount of hearing loss.
Some of the most prevalent early signs of hearing impairment might include:
- Someone notices that the volume on your media devices gets louder and louder. Perhaps the volume on your phone keeps getting louder and louder. Or maybe your TV speakers are maxed out. Usually, you’re not the one that observes the loud volume, it’s your children, maybe your neighbor, or your friends.
- You notice some that your ears are ringing: Ringing in your ears is called tinnitus (and, technically, tinnitus can be other sounds too: screeching, buzzing, humming, thumping, and so on). Tinnitus isn’t necessarily connected with hearing problems, but it is often an early warning sign of hearing loss, so a hearing test is probably in order.
- You have problems hearing high-pitched sounds. Things like a ringing doorbell or a whistling teapot sometimes go undetected for several minutes or more. Specific frequencies (often high pitched) will typically be the first to go with early hearing loss.
It’s Time to Get a Hearing Exam
You still can’t be certain whether you’re confronting hearing loss even if you are experiencing some of these early warning signs. You will need to get a hearing examination to know for sure.
Broadly speaking, any single one of these early warning signs could be an indication that you’re developing some type of hearing impairment. A hearing assessment will be able to tell what level of impairment, if any, exists. Then it will become more obvious what has to be done about it.
This will make your next family get together a lot smoother and more enjoyable.