Hearing Loss Symptoms
Some people may have a hearing problem without realizing it. Others might think they have a problem, but are too embarrassed to tell anyone. You can help identify a possible hearing problem by asking yourself some key questions and having your hearing checked. Only 38 percent of adults ages 70 years and older and only 29 percent of adults ages 20 to 69 have had their hearing tested within the last 5 years.
Some indications of a hearing problem are:
- An inability to hear high pitches such as birds singing or children's voices. High pitch sounds are usually the first to go when hearing loss begins.
- An avoidance of meetings, social gatherings, or family events where hearing may be difficult and conversation misunderstandings embarrassing.
- Reliance on a friend or associate to relay conversations and comments that can't be heard clearly.
- Difficulty in following a conversation when two or more people talk at once.
If a hearing loss is ignored or untreated, it can get worse. But a hearing loss that is identified early can be helped through treatment, such as hearing aids, certain medicines, and surgery.
Sudden sensorineural hearing loss, or sudden deafness, is a rapid loss of hearing. It can happen to a person all at once or over a period of up to 3 days. It should be considered a medical emergency. If you or someone you know experiences sudden sensorineural hearing loss, you should visit a doctor immediately.
We should all be especially careful to safeguard our hearing and know the necessary steps and precautions that should be taken to help prevent a hearing loss.