Signs of hearing loss will be a key indicator of a potential impairment and highlight if you should check your hearing. In this post, we present a number of warning signs, as well as what to do next if you believe you could be experiencing hearing loss.
10 Warning Signs Of Hearing Loss
Hundreds of millions of people all over the world suffer from some form of hearing loss. The symptoms below could indicate that you may experience a type of hearing impairment.
- Experience a sensation of muffled hearing in one or both ears.
- Difficulty in understanding words and conversations in person or on the phone.
- The need to turn up the volume on the TV, radio or music.
- Feeling tired or stressed at focusing on listening more intently.
- Difficulty in understanding sounds in noisy environments or having to turn your head towards sounds to improve clarity.
- Withdrawal or a feeling of isolation at social events.
- Tinnitus or ringing in one or both ears.
- Spend more time trying to read the lips of others when they're speaking.
- Experience anxiety or annoyance because you are struggling to hear.
- A genetic or family history of hearing loss may be a telling sign in the future.
- If you do experience any of the above signs of hearing loss, we recommend you take a hearing test and consult a medical professional or audiologist for a proper evaluation.
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If you believe you have noticed any of the above signs of hearing loss, take our free online hearing test. The outcome of the test will help indicate if you need to take further action to prevent hearing loss. For a full diagnosis, we recommend you consult a healthcare professional who could help establish the root cause.
Different Types of Hearing Loss Explained
There are many signs of hearing loss, but specific symptoms may categorise your type of hearing loss.
Sensorineural hearing loss: SHL is one of the more common forms of a permanent hearing impairment. This condition is, unfortunately, irreversible. It may be the result of a trauma, noise, infection, or genetics. SHL can be properly managed with digital hearing aids.
Conductive hearing loss: CHL is the result of sound failing to reach the inner ear and usually means sounds appear muffled. Often caused by a blockage in the ear, ear hygiene products can help remove excess wax ora medical professional could advise on the correct treatment.
Mixed hearing loss: MHL is a combination of both SHL and CHL. Signs of hearing loss may be shared or CHL over time may develop into SHL for example. The condition may arise via causes of either type of impairment. It's useful to know what the difference is between Conductive and Sensorineural Hearing Loss.
Noise induced hearing loss: NIHL is the direct result of sounds. Long exposure to harmful levels of noise or a sudden harsh noise can result in hearing loss.
Age related hearing loss: As its name suggest, as we age, our senses can decline and our hearing may become weaker. Again, this can be improved thanks to hearing aids and other sound amplifiers such as phones for seniors.
How To Properly Manage Hearing Loss
Depending on the type of impairment and the signs of hearing loss present, there may be a number of ways to effectively manage your condition. If the loss is permanent, hearing aids can be essential to truly manage it.
At Hearing Direct, you will find a comprehensive set of affordable hearing aids. The HD 91 is our entry level device. It comes with the core features designed to please those who value simplicity without compromising on sound quality. It's also so small and lightweight that you'll even forget you are wearing it. Additionally, you may wish to add amplified devices to your repertoire to help enhance sounds. Try:
Keeping Your Ears Healthy
To maintain proper ear care and prevent sounds appearing muffled, we offer a number of items to help keep ears clean and clear of wax. If your hearing loss could be temporary due to wax build up, we offer several solutions to help treat the affected ears. For example, we supply ear syringes so you can safely remove wax without damaging your ears - you can browse all of our ear hygiene products here.
About Hearing Direct
We are one of the world's leading hearing aid specialists. HearingDirect offers a wide range of affordable products, as well as information resources to help improve the quality of life for the hard of hearing. We sell:
- Hearing aids,
- Accessories such as earplugs,
- and amplified devices such as super loud alarm clocks and amplified phones.
Author: Gary Hill
Gary comes from 16 years’ experience in the hearing aid industry in both manufacturing and retail. Before co-founding HearingDirect, Gary was Marketing Director for a leading global hearing aid brand; GN ReSound where he worked for the UK sales division and latterly in their global headquarters in Copenhagen. He was responsible for developing and launching major global hearing aid models, conducting extensive research into the needs of the hearing impaired community and their performance demands of hearing aids and other devices.