Hearing loss affects a lot of people; in fact 48 million Americans are currently suffering from significant hearing loss. Like most other medical conditions, catching it early means there is a better chance of better treatment. So, what should you be looking (or listening) out for?
1. “One at a time, please”
It’s happened to us all. Two excited people, maybe the kids, are talking to you at the same time. Most people can pick out one of the conversations and follow it, yet you find it tough to understand either one of them. In fact, women and children generally speak at a higher register so it’s hardest to hear their voices.
2. Being told to turn it down
Is your TV volume constantly set up to high? Do your friends and family complain that it is blasting out? The general rule of thumb here is, if you have to raise your voice to speak over the TV, it is too loud.
3. It’s 5pm and you’re exhausted
People don’t generally realise that straining to hear people actually uses a lot of energy. A day at the office struggling to hear the phone and trying to tune into conversations with your co-workers can leave you feeling drained.
4. “You think I look like a hat?!”
No, they said “you look nice in that”. Having to guess what people are saying is a daily issue for you and thinking people are saying unusual or nonsensical things is just one of those things. It doesn’t have to be.
5. Check the settings on your cell
Here’s a quick test. Check what the incoming call volume on your cell is. If it is turned up to max, you could well be experiencing the first signs of hearing loss.