Signs and Symptoms of Hearing Loss: Most hearing losses occur gradually, allowing the problem to develop without the awareness of the sufferer. We may have impaired hearing but perceive this to be the way everyone else hears. Family and friends give us a truer picture of our hearing ability.
As our hearing deteriorates, our eyes take over. A blind person becomes aware of hearing loss at a much earlier stage and shows concern for the problem. “For the sighted, the eyes become the ears.”
Because we can hold a one-to-one conversation, we consider our hearing loss to be minor or insignificant. However, the true evaluation of our hearing is how we cope with any one of the following situations:
- Is carrying on a telephone conversation difficult?
- Do you have difficulty hearing the doorbell or telephone ring?
- Do you need to turn the volume higher on the radio and TV?
- Is it hard to hear in noisy environments? e.g. crowded restaurant, car, or family gatherings
- When you are socialising with other people, does background noise bother you?
- Do people seem to mumble or speak in a softer voice than they used to?
- Do you miss key words in a sentence, or frequently need to ask people to repeat themselves?
- Do you need to strain to hear when someone talks or whispers?
- Do you need to watch a speaker’s lips more closely to follow conversations?
- Have you begun to limit you social activities due to not being able to hear well?
- Have family and friends mentioned that they often have to repeat themselves to be heard?
If you’ve answered yes to one or more of the above questions, it might be a good idea for you to contact O’Neill Hearing Care Clinic for a free, comprehensive hearing test and live demonstration of what it’s like to hear with the latest technology available.
Most people with hearing loss can benefit from hearing instruments.
Although even the most advanced hearing instrument cannot fully restore your hearing, they can improve it considerably, thereby improving your quality of life.