It is not uncommon for us seniors to suffer a slight hearing loss. As we age, our hearing needs to be tested every year.
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Here are some of the situations which stresses a hearing test:
Difficulty Understanding Speech: One common sign of hearing loss is difficulty understanding speech, particularly in noisy environments. For example, imagine you're at a crowded restaurant trying to have a conversation with friends. Despite your best efforts, you find it challenging to follow the conversation amidst the clattering of dishes and the chatter of other diners. You frequently ask your friends to repeat themselves or nod along without fully comprehending what they're saying.
Increasing Volume: Another sign of potential hearing loss is the need to consistently increase the volume of electronic devices. For instance, you might notice that you're regularly turning up the volume on your television or radio to levels that others find uncomfortably loud. Additionally, you find that the TV is unusually load in the morning, after your ears have rested. You may be using Closed Caption thinking you cannot understand the actors. No, you need your hearing tested.
Social Withdrawal: Hearing loss can lead to feelings of isolation and social withdrawal. For example, you might decline invitations to social gatherings or avoid participating in group conversations because you struggle to hear and follow along. Over time, this avoidance of social situations can impact your relationships and overall quality of life. If you find yourself thinking people talk too low, time to get that hearing checked.
Ringing in the Ears (Tinnitus): Tinnitus, or ringing in the ears, is another potential indicator of hearing loss. Imagine experiencing a persistent ringing or buzzing sound in your ears, similar to the sound of cicadas on a summer evening. This constant noise is distracting and disruptive, making it difficult to focus on tasks or relax. While tinnitus can have various causes, it's often associated with hearing loss. If you're experiencing this, your hearing may be impaired and it’s time for a test.
Difficulty Hearing High-Pitched Sounds: Difficulty hearing high-pitched sounds is a common symptom of age-related hearing loss, but is also common for people of all ages. Young children are very hard to understand when they are upset. Their voice seems to go up two octaves. Also, you may think to yourself, the songbirds aren’t singing like to used to. Hmmm. They really are out there. Times to get your hearing checked.
Muffled Speech and Sounds: Hearing loss can make speech and other sounds seem muffled or unclear, like a bad McDonald’s drive-through window. For instance, imagine you're having a conversation with a friend, but their words sound distorted or garbled as if they're speaking through a filter. You might find yourself constantly asking them to repeat themselves or guessing at what they're saying based on context. This perception of muffled speech, even when people are speaking directly to you, could indicate the need for a hearing evaluation.
Struggling in Group Settings: Difficulty following conversations in group settings is a common challenge for individuals with hearing loss. For example, imagine attending a family gathering where multiple conversations are happening simultaneously. Despite your efforts to focus, you cannot hear when there is background noise. This is very common in restaurants where they blast the music right over your table. Ask the service to turn the music down or find another table. If the problem persists, then get that hearing test.
Fatigue or Stress from Listening: Straining to hear and understand conversations can be mentally and physically exhausting. For example, imagine attending a workshop where you struggle to hear what's being discussed despite your best efforts to sit up front. Worse, the speaker talks in a soft voice. As the workshop continues, you find yourself daydreaming until someone asks a question, everyone claps, and you wonder what just happened. Get that hearing test soon. You’re missing out.
Remember, hearing loss had many causes and takes on many different shapes and sizes. The only way you’re going to know if you are one of “them” is to be tested and see if you have lost your range of frequencies.
By addressing hearing loss early, you can improve your quality of life and prevent further damage to your hearing. Your friends and family will thank you. Show them you are a super-ager and will live the healthiest lifestyle you can. Get that hearing test.
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