January 7, 2022

6 Telltale Signs Your Hearing Isn't What It Used To Be

If you think your hearing might be failing, you’re not alone. It’s something that affects around one in eight people in developed countries. But not to worry – it’s not all bad news. Today, there are plenty of treatments that you can get to correct it. In this post, we take a look at some of the telltale signs that there’s something amiss with your hearing, and what you can do about it. 


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You Feel Unusually Tired After Social Events
If you have hearing loss, it can make you feel unusually tired after attending social events. You may feel like you’ve been straining or that you’re overly tense. If that’s unusual for you, it could be because you’ve been putting effort into trying to hear what other people are saying. Your mind might have been whirring, trying to follow the course of the conversation. 

You Need Another Person To Help You Hear
Likewise, if you need to ask other people what you can hear, that’s another common sign of hearing loss. Often, people who are hard of hearing often employ “assistants” to translate for them. For instance, you might not be able to hear what’s being said on the TV and need a family member to help you. 

You Ask People To Repeat Themselves Often
If you have to ask people to repeat themselves, it’s another common sign of hearing loss, something you can learn more about online. Often, you can’t quite catch the gist of what they’re saying and need them to repeat themselves so that you understand. 

Your Family Complaints That The TV Is Too Loud
If your family members complain that the TV is too loud (when it sounds normal to you), it suggests that you’re not picking up noise as well as you used to. 

Usually, this happens during sensorineural hearing loss. This type of hearing loss refers to loss of sensitivity of the ear, usually because sound-sensing hairs in the cochlear aren’t working as well as they used to. 


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You Can’t Hear Children’s Voices Or Birdsong
If you think that the children or birds in your neighborhood sound quiet, it could be another sign that your hearing isn’t working quite as well as it once did. Many people lose the ability to hear sounds in specific ranges, particularly those in the upper frequencies. 

You Have A Ringing In Your Ears
If you have a persistent ringing, buzzing or whirring sound in your ears which doesn’t appear to have an external source, then you may be experiencing tinnitus. This condition generally occurs in people with mild to moderate hearing loss. The ear can’t pick up as much sound as it used to, so it begins to hallucinate it instead. 

Conclusion
Fortunately, hearing loss is treatable. After a consultation, health professionals will generally recommend that you get a hearing aid. However, some types of hearing loss require different interventions, such as implants or ear syringing. 

In most cases, you can restore your hearing (or, at least, improve it dramatically). 



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