Here is a list of some things you might notice in yourself, if your hearing is diminishing.
- You don’t hear certain sounds or alarms that you previously heard well, such as the teakettle whistling, the microwave timer, clock chimes, the phone ringing, especially cell phones.
- You find yourself asking people to repeat themselves more often
- You are easily startled when someone approaches you, as you didn’t hearing him or her coming.
- You think people are mumbling more often when talking with you
- You find it harder to understand what people are saying in noisy environments, such as restaurants or shopping.
- You turn the TV or radio up higher than before.
- Friends or family say you are speaking louder more often now
- You find it hard to tell where a sound is coming from
- Women’s and children’s voices are a particular problem (these voices are usually less intense in general )
- Conversing in noisy situations and crowds is stressful and you might find yourself not going out as often.
- Friends and family get frustrated having to repeat things to you over and over again.
- You notice things more by sight than by sound, such as notice the water is still running rather than hearing it
- You rely on the guy sitting next to you to relay what someone has said.
All of these are possible signs of hearing loss.
If you are experiencing one or more of the above symptoms, or have any question about your hearing ability, you should have a hearing evaluation by a qualified audiologist.
Most doctors are aware of the common causes of ear and hearing trouble. Doctors are trusted friends and a patient can often feel more comfortable starting with a visit to their primary physician. Your physician may want to see you first or will sometimes refer you directly to an audiologist for hearing testing. If you are referred to us, we send a report immediately to the doctor with the findings and making a recommendation for further treatment; either medical intervention or hearing aids.
Audiologists are themselves independent providers of hearing healthcare. The audiologistsat Acadia Hearing Center can see you first if you prefer. Your test results will be explained in depth to you and, if a medical condition is present, referral will be made immediately to a qualified doctor.