While there are several symptoms listed here, an individual with hearing loss may not experience all of these symptoms. Please use this as a guide or a tool to start a conversation about hearing loss with your family, an audiologist, or your primary care physician.
- You can’t tell what direction a sound is coming from.
- Voices or noises sound “muffled”.
- Some sounds appear too loud.
- You have difficulty hearing words/conversations while in a crowd or against background noise.
- You feel dizzy or off-balance.
- You find yourself frequently asking others to repeat words or sentences.
- You ask people to speak slowly or more clearly.
- You feel pressure in one or both ears.
- The volume of the T.V. or radio is good for you, but friends and family complain that it is too loud.
- You hear ringing or buzzing in your ears.
- You find yourself withdrawing from conversations because you cannot follow them.
- You withdraw from social activities to avoid feeling “left out” because you cannot hear the conversations.
- You fail to hear someone talking from behind you.
- You have difficulty hearing conversations on the phone.
- You have trouble hearing your alarm clock.
- You have difficulty understanding the dialogue at the movies or theater.
Why should hearing loss be treated?
As we all get older hearing loss is going to be something that many of us will have to address, and getting the proper treatment is very important. Hearing loss may contribute to depression, loss of social interaction, and lower expectations of self. Even though proper treatment cannot bring your hearing back to what it was, it can make communication, relationships, daily activities, and even work easier and more satisfying.
Call Hearing Healthcare Center at (812) 303-4300 for more information or to schedule an appointment.