Hearing loss is an invisible condition that occurs gradually over time. Since hearing loss isn’t something that you can physically see, many sufferers either do not know they are experiencing hearing loss or they simply try to ignore it.
Unfortunately, this can have a significant impact on a person’s quality of life. Hearing loss can leave you with physical, mental and emotional illnesses that affect both your private and professional life.
Hearing loss can lead to the distrust of others, anger at not feeling understood, frustration at not being able to clearly understand conversations, depression, feeling socially marginalized, depression and many other challenges that seriously impact a person’s quality of life.
To prevent these challenges from taking over your life, it’s incredibly important that you find a hearing aid solution to resolve the specific hearing loss issue that you are experiencing.
Like any medical condition, the sooner you address hearing loss the sooner you can improve both your mental and physical wellbeing - and, in turn, improve your quality of life. Here are a few common signs that you may be suffering from hearing loss:
You have trouble following a conversation in noisy places
Hearing loss sufferers often have difficulty in distinguishing the difference between background noise and the conversations that they are trying to focus on. This is particularly prevalent in places with a large amount of background noise.
If you find yourself struggling to clearly understand conversations in places with lots of background noise, it’s possible that you may be suffering from some level of hearing loss. By getting a hearing test as soon as possible, you will be able to work with a hearing expert (such as York Hearing Clinic) to find a solution that meets your specific needs.
You feel mentally tired after social events
Hearing loss will leave you constantly straining to hear and follow conversations during social events. Not only is this both mentally and physically fatiguing, it can lead to you feeling isolated from your friends, family and coworkers.
All of this combines to leave you feeling exhausted and worn out after social interactions during a normal day. If you find that you are particularly tired after speaking with coworkers, friends or family members, it’s possible you may need a hearing test.
You notice you say ‘what?’ a lot
Just because you didn’t hear something your family member said while you are eating dinner doesn’t mean you are suffering from hearing loss. However, if you have noticed you ask people to repeat themselves frequently in a range of different situations then it’s possible that you are finding it difficult to understand speech clearly - that is a sign of hearing loss.
You have trouble hearing conversations over the phone
Are you frequently struggling to hear conversations over your landline or cellphone, or someone in your house has complained that you have the volume up way too high so that they can overhear your conversations? If you answered yes, then it’s possible you are experiencing hearing loss.
People suffering from hearing loss often turn the volume setting on their phone as high as it will go, or may even use the speakerphone option.
You have to keep turning your TV volume up
Television shows mix a range of dialogue, sound effects and music. Just like background noise in a restaurant makes it difficult to hear a conversation, the mixtures of different sounds during a TV show can drown out the dialogue.
If you are suffering from hearing loss, you might find that you're increasingly turning up the volume on your TV to understand the dialogue. If other members of your family complain that the TV is too loud, or you have noticed that other times you are increasingly turning your TV volume up, it might be time to get a hearing test.
Are you looking for more information about hearing loss, or want to find a hearing aid solution for your specific problem? Contact York Hearing today. We would be happy to answer any hearing loss-related questions that you may have.