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8 Subtle Signs Your Hearing is Failing

Woman suffering from hearing loss struggling to hear on the phone.

It’s not like you simply wake up one day, and your hearing is gone. Hearing loss comes gradually over time for most people, especially when it comes to aging. Age-related hearing loss affects about one in three people in this country. Often, the change isn’t even recognized until after the age of 75. You might not realize the trouble right away even though some symptoms show up earlier.

The early signs of gradual hearing loss are subtle. Recognizing them as soon as possible is essential to slow down the progression of hearing loss or other health problems related to hearing loss. You can’t identify the signs if you don’t know what they are, though. Think about these eight barely noticeable signs that you may have hearing loss.

1. Ringing in The Ears

Okay, this isn’t really a subtle sign, but it is something people tend to ignore unless it’s disruptive. Tinnitus, the medical name for the ringing, is a typical sign of hearing loss.

The ringing can be intermittent and only act up when triggered. Perhaps the ringing only happens when your tired or in the morning for example.

Tinnitus is a sign that something else is going on with your body so it should never be neglected. Besides hearing loss, tinnitus can be caused by high blood pressure, trauma, or a circulatory problem. You won’t know for sure until you consult your doctor, though.

2. Talking on The Phone is Stressful

It’s easy to make excuses for phone issues like:

  • I’m not used to my phone’s newer technology yet.
  • My phone is old.
  • I dropped my phone in water or on the ground.

If you dislike using the phone think about the reasons why. If you have the volume all the way up and can’t comprehend what is being said, let a friend test the phone for you. If you can’t hear the conversation but they can then you have a hearing issue.

3. It Seems As if Everybody Mumbles These Days

It used to be just the kids, but recently, the news anchor, your neighbor, and your spouse all have taken to muttering when they speak to you. Could it really be true that suddenly everyone in your life has poor enunciation.

The most likely answer is the way you hear words is changing. One of the initial signs that your hearing is changing is when talking sounds like mumbling and consonants such as “S” and “T” drop off.

4. What?

Only when someone calls you out for saying “what?” a lot do you begin to realize that you can’t hear conversations as well anymore. Usually, the first to notice you have hearing loss are people you see every day like coworkers or family members. If someone says something about it, pay attention.

5. Some People You Hear Fine But Others Not so Much

Perhaps when you are having a conversation with the neighbor everything sounds okay but when his wife joins in you can’t make out a word. It’s a common sign of sensorineural hearing loss or damage to the nerves that send electrical messages to the brain.

Her voice isn’t as clear because it’s a higher pitch. You may have the same issue with your grandchild or daughter. Even when you are in normal situations, something as basic as trying to hear the sound of an alarm clock ar a microwave can make things difficult. Those tones are also high pitched.

6. Going Out Isn’t as Much Fun as it Once Was

Again, there are those people who mumble, and that’s not fun. Also, being in noisy places makes understanding what people say that much harder. It becomes impossible to hear anything when you are at dinner and people start conversing around you or the AC pops on.

7. You Never Used to Feel so Tired

It’s can be fatiguing struggling to comprehend what people are saying. You are more tired than usual because your brain is working harder to process what it hears. Your other senses may also experience changes. If your brain is using 110 percent of its time and energy to understand words, what’s left for your eyesight or balance? If your last eye test was okay, then the next thing to get checked is your ears.

8. You Can’t Hear The TV

It is easy to blame the TV or the service provider when you have to keep turning up the volume, but if this is going on all the time, maybe it’s time for a hearing test. When you have hearing loss it can be hard to hear dialog. There is the background music confusing things, for example. What about the other stuff in the room like the AC or the ceiling fan? Your hearing is most likely starting to falter if you have to keep turning the volume up.

The good news is all you need to do to know for certain is a professional hearing test. If you find out you have a hearing problem, hearing aids can get things back to normal.

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