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Do I Suffer from Hearing Loss?
Hearing is important, and changes in hearing health can often go unnoticed for years. If you suspect that you may be suffering from hearing loss, you’re not alone. According to the Hearing Loss Association of America, roughly 20% of Americans deal with some degree of hearing loss. Not sure where to start? Here are 8 tell-tale indicators of hearing loss:
- You have trouble understanding others. You hear that someone is speaking, but can’t quite make out the words.
- You experience difficulty hearing in noisy environments. Situations that involve lots of background noises can make understanding conversations difficult for those with hearing loss.
- You have trouble understanding women and children. Women and children tend to speak in softer tones at higher pitches, which can be troublesome if you suffer from hearing loss.
- You frequently swap ears while using the phone. “Ear fatigue” from phone use is a common sign of hearing loss.
- You watch television at volumes too loud for others. If your family is constantly telling you to “turn it down”, there may be a problem.
- You experience physical or mental fatigue from carrying on conversations.
- You are often told that you mumble or talk too loudly. Hearing loss affects your overall perception of sound, which can have an impact on your own speech and pronunciation.
So, what now? If these 8 signs sound familiar to your experience, give us a call. Hawthorne Audiology, the hearing health division of Ashford Clinic, offers compassionate care and thorough treatment for hearing loss and other hearing health issues.