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 your 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