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Signs You Should Get a Hearing Test

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Hearing loss affects people of all ages. It is the third most common yet treatable ailment among the elderly after arthritis and hypertension, but it is also a major worry among young adults. The truth is, you may be missing out on more than you think because of your hearing loss. It can be quite challenging interacting with the world around you when you experience hearing loss. Fortunately, there are hearing aids that can help make the experience a comfortable one. However, this can only be identified during a hearing test. 

Why Should You Get a Hearing Test?

Hearing loss can be treated in many cases, and the benefits of clear hearing can be restored. However, an audiologist cannot prescribe the right solutions without a hearing test. A hearing test is a series of tests conducted by the audiologist to help evaluate your hearing sensitivity. This helps the audiologist identify problems and offer the right solutions.

Speech Is Difficult to Comprehend

Occasionally you may ask someone to repeat themselves. However, if you find yourself doing this frequently, especially when asking different people at different times, this could be a symptom of hearing loss. If this becomes even more problematic when there’s background noise, you should visit your audiologist.

Frequent Readjusting to Hear Better

You may have hearing loss in one ear if you regularly reposition your body to hear properly. Cupping the ear to block out background noise is also a telltale symptom. Both of these strategies may be beneficial in the near term. However, the continuing degradation is likely to reach a point where this is no longer useful.

Unable to Hear Ringing Phones, Doorbells or Alarms 

An inability to hear specific pitches and tones is another reason to get a hearing test. Missed phone calls, unexpected visitors and items such as automobile alarms are all common problems. Hearing loss is likely to be at the root of the problem if any of this start to become a regular occurrence. 

Conversations Deplete Your Energy

Many patients will unconsciously strain to hear individuals during talks. Lip reading, straining to get closer or focusing on them rather than the background noise are all examples. While hearing loss is not the only symptom of exhaustion, it has been connected to this problem. So, if you’re weary and have any of the other symptoms, you should schedule an appointment for a hearing test.

You Increase the Volume on the Television or Radio

This is fairly straightforward because you can check whether you’ve started turning up the volume on those devices. If it happens once in a while, it could be because the broadcast has a lesser output. However, if you need a higher volume daily, it could indicate that you have an ear condition. Even if it’s only a buildup of wax, you must seek assistance.

A Member of Your Family Experiences Hearing Loss

If you have a family member who experiences hearing loss, you may be more likely to have the problem yourself. Early identification of hearing loss can help patients avoid total hearing loss and improve outcomes. 

You’ve Been Exposed to A Lot of Noise in the Past

If you work in a noisy environment or have a pastime that involves a lot of noise, such as going to concerts or shooting, you should schedule a hearing test to check your hearing for noise-induced damage. Your audiologist can assess the extent of the damage and whether the hearing loss will be permanent. If this is the case, you might think about getting hearing aids. Hearing aids are now little, scarcely noticeable bits of technology that may do far more than just improve your hearing.

Your audiologist will configure your hearing aids to turn up the noises you can’t hear and turn down the sounds you can, giving you a custom hearing solution. Modern hearing aids can also be connected to your television, smartphone or computer.

The health of your sense of hearing is vital to your everyday life. By taking a hearing test, an audiologist will reveal the state of your hearing health and put you in the best possible position to deal with the early stages of hearing loss. Therefore, it is important to reach out to an audiologist whenever you experience the symptoms mentioned.

If you would like to schedule an appointment or learn more about Hear Here Audiology, you can call us today at 727-289-1212.