Signs of hearing loss

The human ears are advanced and perceptive sensory organs. Just as other parts of our bodies show the effects of wear and tear as we age, so do our hearing systems. We see this in various symptoms of hearing loss. Fortunately, HearingLife can identify options for many people who demonstrate signs of hearing loss.

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The signs of hearing loss can be vague and develop slowly, or they can be obvious and begin suddenly. Regardless, struggling to hear certain sounds or syllables is a telltale symptom of hearing loss. Maybe you can hear people talking, but you can't make out what they are saying, or you frequently ask people to repeat themselves. Another sign of hearing loss is difficulty hearing in noisy situations like conferences, restaurants or crowded meeting rooms. This can result in frustration, withdrawal from social activities, depression, isolation and loneliness. So if you recognize any of these hearing loss symptoms, we highly recommend that you see a hearing wellness professional. The team at HearingLife is ready to help you assess your hearing loss.*

We can help you identify signs of hearing loss

If you recognize any signs of hearing loss in yourself or a loved one, it is important to seek help. Get started by booking your free hearing assessment* at a HearingLife location near you.

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Exhibiting symptoms of hearing loss?

It may be difficult to accept hearing loss, but leaving it untreated can affect your quality of life. Socializing becomes exhausting when you are not able to fully understand and communicate with others. Because conversations take so much more mental energy, hearing loss can also lead to irritability, negativism, anger, stress and depression. There are also potential financial ramifications: hearing loss can reduce your performance at your work or educational institution. Moreover, because it reduces your awareness, it increases risks to your personal safety. That’s why it’s important to take heed if you are experiencing hearing loss symptoms.

Worried about a parent's symptoms? There's plenty of help waiting for you.

Family members are often the first to notice symptoms of hearing loss. It may be a long time before an individual admits there is a problem. If you have concerns about someone close to you, we recommend you seek help. With proper hearing care, symptoms of hearing loss can be eased, so the individual is less tired, and has more energy to engage in their environment. Want to join Mom or Dad at an appointment? That's great. We encourage individuals to bring a family member or friend along, especially to the first appointment.

"You Need to get Your Hearing Tested!"

If you are reading this, you likely have either been told, “you have to get your hearing checked,” one too many times, or you are concerned about your own, or a loved one's, hearing. We understand that people are not always keen to address hearing loss, sometimes due to outdated stereotypes. People of all ages can have hearing loss, and today's hearing aids do so much more than "just" amplify sounds.

Even if your symptoms of hearing loss are quite severe, it's not too late, so don't despair. On average, it takes people more than seven years1 from the time they suspect an issue until they invest in hearing aids.

Is tinnitus a sign of hearing loss?

According to the Hearing Health Foundation, about 90% of individuals who experience tinnitus also have hearing loss.

For some, the brain compensates for hearing loss by turning up an “inner volume control” to amplify otherwise unnoticeable sounds. So, symptoms begin, often with a cycle of emotional distress. Tinnitus makes it so an individual sometimes seems to hear "phantom" sounds. These perceptions are generated somewhere in the auditory pathways. Since they are not real, people sense them differently. Some experience ringing, buzzing, roaring, hissing or rushing.

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