As one grows older, it is normal for some bodily functions such as eyesight and hearing to deteriorate. However, if left alone, these conditions can worsen and cause significant impairment. It is best to detect them early so that you can find ways to treat them or prevent them from worsening. In this article, we will look at some early signs of hearing loss you should take note of.
Keep Repeating Yourself or Having to Talk Louder
If your conversation consists of many requests to repeat what other people have just said and you speak louder than normal, then it is a clear sign that you are having some hearing difficulties. That is provided you are not mumbling or standing too far from other people, of course. It may seem annoying to have to keep repeating yourself or having to speak louder, but do not dismiss these incidents. If you feel they are getting worse, you should see a medical professional to find out possible treatments.
When you are experiencing hearing loss, it can also be overwhelming, but you can find help and support from friends and family members. You can also consider joining a senior living community where a professional and trained team is there to support your needs 24/7.
Louder Than Usual Volumes in Devices
Another sign of hearing loss is when you are turning up the volume on your devices to a level that is louder than usual or a level that is too loud. This includes volume on the television sets or when you are listening to music on the radio. When others ask you to turn it down, you may refuse as you are unable to hear otherwise. If you are consistently doing this, it is a good sign that you are unable to hear as clearly as before.
Hearing Sounds in The Ears
If you have ringing in the ears or some other sound that seems to come from inside instead of outside, you may have tinnitus. Sounds may include buzzing, whistling, roaring, hissing, or grinding. Although it is rarely a cause for concern and may disappear over time, it can still cause a significant impact on daily life as it can affect communication and the constant hearing of sounds can be stressful. If you are hearing sounds regularly for a long period of time, you can consider going to a medical professional to have the ears checked. Unfortunately, tinnitus cannot be treated but there are some ways to help one manage tinnitus such as sound therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and tinnitus retraining therapy.
To sum up, hearing loss is common in older adults. However, it is good to spot the early signs of hearing loss to ensure that there is no serious underlying cause as well as to learn how to manage it. Early signs include having to repeat yourself or having to talk louder, loud volumes on devices, and tinnitus.
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