Hearing loss is a gradual process. It will, in most cases, slowly creep up on people, and they may not even notice it is happening until someone points it out to them, or they realise that they simply cannot hear anymore. At this point, booking an appointment with a specialist is a must, but it is even better if you can do this before your hearing gets too bad. In order to do that, you’ll need to look out for the signs of hearing loss.
The TV and the level of volume you need to set it at in order to listen to it properly is a good thing to take notice of if you think you might be suffering from hearing loss. There are two things to look out for.
- Do you turn the TV up so that you can hear it, even though other people watching say it is now too loud?
- Have you been regularly increasing the volume on your TV over time (most people will leave their TV volume at one setting for the majority of the time)?
If either of these situations have occurred in your life, the hearing loss could be the root cause; it’s time to see a specialist.
If you go to noisy places such a bars and restaurants and you have a problem following the conversations of the people you’re with and sitting closest to because of the other conversations happening around you, you could have a hearing problem.
Of course, many people find talking and listening in crowded places a problem, and you may not think of this as a sign of hearing loss. But what about everyday conversations? If your friends and family are becoming irritated by you asking them to repeat what they have said, or they think you’re not listening to them, it’s wise to be checked out.
Using the phone
This idea extends to other places too. Using the phone, for example, can be a prime example of when hearing loss has become a major problem in life. If you have had to increase the volume of your phone, either the ring itself or the volume of those speaking to you, this could be a signs of hearing loss.