Too many of us ignore all kinds of signs of health problems, in the hopes that they’ll go away on their own. Whether you’re scared of the doctor, or just don’t want to think about something being wrong, this can be a dangerous game to play with your health. There are several symptoms you should never ignore. Hearing loss should always be taken seriously, so if you experience any of these, make sure you get it checked out.
If you notice any of these symptoms, you could have a problem with your hearing. See your GP, who can refer you to a specialist. If there is a problem, you can get a HIS appointment to discuss your options to get the best help you can.
- When someone comes to your house, the first thing they do is turn down your television or radio. The volume and decibel level might seem perfectly comfortable to you, but others find it much too loud and have to turn it down.
- You have to avoid busy restaurants. If you’re just not interested in restaurants because dining out isn’t for you, this is fine, but if you find that you want to afford going out to restaurants, bars, and pubs because you find it hard to hear conversations that other people can hear perfectly well, then you need to get your hearing checked.
- You think other people are mumbling. When you speak to other people, do they seem to be mumbling? If you frequently notice that you have to ask people to speak up a bit when you talk to them, then the problem is more likely to be with you, than with lots of different people turning into mumblers.
- You always miss bits of conversations. Let’s be honest here, nobody loves the idea of getting a hearing aid, but having to wear one is certainly better than not being able to enjoy conversations. Nobody wants to have to always sit on the sidelines and miss out on what’s going on around. If you’re missing parts of conversations and becoming worried, remember that some causes of hearing loss, such as infection or Meniere’s Disease, are entirely treatable.
- Your ears are ringing all the time. Experiencing occasional tinnitus is normal, especially if you’ve been somewhere loud like a nightclub or a gig. However, constant ringing is not. If your ears are always ringing, then it’s time to make an appointment to see your doctor.
- You need to be able to see someone to hear them properly. If this is what you experience, then it may be that you’re assisting your hearing by reading lips, without even realizing that you’re doing it.
- People often tell you that you’re talking too loudly. When your own hearing has been damaged or is being lost, it can be more difficult to judge how loudly you are speaking. If people are often telling you to lower your voice, this is a good sign that it’s time for a hearing check.
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