Hearing loss is a progressive condition that worsens over time. Symptoms appear so gradually you may be completely unaware of the growing difficulty with hearing for some time. Knowing the early signs is helpful since catching hearing loss early gives you access to the best treatment options. Below are the most common symptoms:
Frequently asking people to repeat themselves.
Missing parts of the conversation can be frustrating. While it may seem like an easy solution to constantly ask others to repeat themselves, it can become tiring on their end. Seeking treatment can help alleviate the extra strain also placed on your friends and family.
Feeling like others mumble when they speak.
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Having difficulty following conversations when background noise is present.
Background noise makes hearing even more difficult, as your brain has to work harder to distinguish speech from other distracting sounds. Constantly straining to hear can lead to mental and physical exhaustion.
Turning up the volume on the television or radio.
While you may not notice you have turned the volume up to an unsafe level, your family members sure will. It only takes one incident of turning the volume up too loud for them to notice your hearing loss.
Avoiding social gatherings.
Many people with untreated hearing loss find it easier to simply stop attending social functions instead of feeling isolated and ignored the whole time. This may lead to feelings of depression and anxiety