6 Signs You Need a Hearing Test
Hearing loss affects one in five people 12-years old and older. It’s often gradual and you may not realize you have a problem. While hearing loss frequently is age-related, repeated exposure to noise or loud music may lead to hearing loss in those younger than 55. These are six signs you need to see a hearing care professional for a hearing test.
You ask people to repeat themselves
One of the first and sometimes the most annoying (for other people) signs that you need a hearing test is that you’re always asking, “What?” or “Say that again.” If family members and friends tell you that they’re tired of repeating themselves, it likely is time to set up an appointment with a hearing specialist.
You think people are mumbling
If everyone talking to you sounds like they’re not speaking clearly, it’s not them – it’s you. If you think people are mumbling or you frequently misunderstand what they’re saying, a hearing test is in order.
You turn up the volume
Do other people complain about the TV volume? Do you pump up the volume on the telephone to hear a caller or make the radio volume louder and louder? If you’re cranking it up to hear what’s going on, you probably need a hearing test.
You stay quiet in noisy places
Restaurants and meetings can be noisy places. If you find that background noise makes it difficult to follow the conversation while you’re dining out with friends, that’s a sign that you need a hearing test. If you can’t take part in the chat because you aren’t getting the gist of what others are saying, it’s time to make an appointment with a hearing healthcare provider.
You’re missing something
Sometimes we lose the ability to hear sounds in certain pitches and frequencies. For example, a high-pitched doorbell or ring tone may sound different than it used to sound. You may not even be aware that you’re not hearing the oven timer alarm or the birds outside. Sometimes people have difficulty hearing women and children because they speak at higher pitches.
You have ringing in your ears
Ringing in your ears, known as tinnitus, often occurs after exposure to loud noises such as fireworks, a concert or using power tools. If you hear buzzing or hissing, that’s also tinnitus. Sometimes the sound in your ears continues long after the noise exposure. It may be an indication of permanent damage to some of the sound receptors in the ear.
If you have any of these six signs, it’s time to get a hearing test. A hearing care provider can perform a physical examination of your ears along with several hearing tests to determine the cause and degree of any hearing loss. We have regular exams for our eyes and teeth, shouldn’t you include your ears?