How do you know if you are suffering from hearing loss?
A hearing loss may be caused by obstruction or damage to any part of the hearing pathway, from the entry into the canal, to the auditory cortex in the brain. The identification of a hearing loss is the first step towards living an improved quality life.
There are some symptoms of hearing loss that are noticeable:
- Having a group conversation in noise is more difficult than in quiet surroundings
- Most people mumble
- You have to ask for repetition more often than other people
- You have trouble with hearing speech clearly when someone speaks from another room or facing away from you
- You must turn the television or radio up louder than other people need to
- You begin to feel that it is too much effort to take part in certain conversations, and so you withdraw or switch off in company
- You have trouble following a conversation over the telephone
- You feel that sometimes sound is loud enough, but not clear.
- You have any other symptoms in the ear, such as ringing, pain or dizziness
If you recognise yourself in any of the situations you may have a hearing loss and should see a registered audiologist for assessment. Your action for early identification and diagnosis could help you to prevent further hearing loss or restore hearing.