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Not sure if you have hearing loss?

That’s not uncommon. Hearing loss symptoms are subtle and typically emerge slowly. It frequently takes years for people to realize they have hearing loss.

Also, we simply don’t test our hearing enough. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes that “less than half of adults who reported trouble hearing had seen a healthcare provider for their hearing in the past five years.” Can you remember the last time you had your hearing tested?

Hear are a list of 10 symptoms you may experience with a hearing loss:

  1. You ask people to repeat what they just said Asking for repetition occasionally is normal, especially if you weren’t paying attention, the speaker is talking from a distance, or their lips are covered. But if you are asking people to repeat themselves often, it may be a symptom of hearing loss.

  2. Everyone around you seems to mumble A common complaint of people who have hearing loss is that others aren’t speaking clearly. If you find yourself thinking people are mumbling and are hard to understand, that could be a sign of hearing loss.

  3. You struggle hearing in noise If you have trouble hearing in restaurants, group situations or at parties, this is a very common sign of hearing loss.

  4. You need to turn your TV up loud to hear it Do you argue with others about how loud your TV is? Do you need to mute it to have a conversation with the person next to you? Unless you’re listening from another room, odds are you have hearing loss.

  5. People have said something to you Often times, friends and loved ones notice our hearing loss first. So If folks close to you are commenting that you aren’t hearing well, it’s probably worth looking into.

  6. You fatigue easily after long periods of listening People with hearing loss have to exert extra energy to focus on and follow conversations, which can lead to mental fatigue. If you find yourself struggling to follow long periods of listening, you may be dealing with hearing loss.

  7. You avoid social engagements and activities Social isolation is a real consequence of hearing loss, as many people who struggle to hear choose to avoid events and activities where hearing clearly is important.

  8. You misunderstand what people say Hearing or responding to something incorrectly can be more embarrassing than not hearing it at all. For example, mixing up words such as rose for road, wife for white, or if you’re missing important intonations. If that’s happened to you, it’s wise to test your hearing.

  9. Your family has a history of hearing loss If your family has a history of age-related hearing loss, chances are you’ll have hearing loss at some point, too.

  10. Hearing on the phone is difficult Depending on conditions (where you are, the connection quality, etc.) hearing on the phone can be challenging even for normal-hearing people. But if you feel like you cannot hear on the phone even when conditions are ideal, this may be a symptom of hearing loss.

Contact your local hearing professional now for a hearing assessment!

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