Signs of Hearing Loss
Hearing loss can be an invisible problem. Most hearing losses occur gradually so the signs of hearing loss are difficult to notice.
You need to see an audiologist if:
- The family complains the TV or radio is too loud.
- People seem to mumble when they speak.
- You can hear people speaking, but can't quite understand what they are saying.
- You ask people to repeat what they are saying.
- You have a hard time understanding conversation in a group or at a party.
- You have a ringing or roaring in your ears.
- It is hard to hear on the telephone.
Many adults do not realize how much hearing they have lost, but family members and friends may see changes in their behavior. In a study done in 1999 by the National Council on Aging the following effects of untreated hearing loss were found.
Those adults whose hearing loss is not treated report:
- Sadness and depression
- Worry and anxiety
- Less social activity
- Emotional turmoil and insecurity
Adults who have treated their hearing loss and wear hearing aids report benefits that include:
- Better relationships with their families
- Better feelings about themselves
- Improved mental health
- Greater independence and security