Hearing loss usually does not occur overnight. It is a gradual process. As we age, it is normal for our hearing to change. However, it is important to keep in mind which are the first signs of hearing loss so that we can address them and take corrective measures, if necessary.
If you notice these symptoms in yourself or in a family member at any time, it would be a good idea to consult your doctor or audiologist for a hearing test.
Children’s voices are heard less clearly
Usually, the first signs of hearing loss occur with high-pitched sounds, such as children’s voices. You may also notice that you hear fewer sounds, such as the microwave beeping alarm and the coqui at night.
It is difficult to follow a conversation in noisy places
In crowded places, you may notice that you hear the background noise much louder than the voice of the person you are talking to.
You feel tired after social events
When your ears cannot listen well, the brain must strain itself more to understand the sounds you hear. This requires a great level of focus in situations where more than one person is speaking at once. After a situation such as this one, you may notice unusual tiredness.
You focus more on other people’s lips instead of making eye contact
This is a way to compensate and help you understand the sounds you do not hear very well. The brain uses the eyes more to try to decipher sounds you cannot hear.
Ears feel clogged
When there is hearing loss, the way you hear some sounds could give you the impression that your ears are clogged.
You increasingly turn up the TV volume
If you continue to turn up the volume without noticing, this may be a sign of hearing loss. Check if others in your home are complaining about the loud volume.
Remember that we have audiologists ready to perform hearing tests at Salus Clinics and offer treatments for hearing loss.
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