Let’s start by looking at what the signs of hearing loss are and what causes it. Hearing loss can be age related, sudden, or categorised as tinnitus. There are lots of different signs that you may be experiencing a loss of hearing, explored below.
Signs of Hearing Loss
A common symptom of hearing loss is struggling to understand someone speaking. It is usually the clarity of the speech that is missing and an example of this is if you’re asking the other person to repeat what they said to you.
There are also many other symptoms of hearing loss, and we advise you to get in touch with us.
Other signs to look out for:
- Have a problem understanding speech because of background noise
- You need to keep turning up the TV volume
- You are finding it hard to follow conversations when two or more people are talking
- You think that everyone is mumbling when they are speaking
If you are suffering with these symptoms, it is important to seek professional help to prevent your hearing loss from worsening. Professionals can also help to identify the reason you are experiencing hearing loss and can help to treat it, as not all hearing loss is permanent. It may be triggered by something that can be treated, for example, a build-up of ear wax.
So, what is it that actually causes hearing loss?
There are lots of reasons why people may lose partial or complete hearing. The list below gives some of the main reasons for hearing loss, but it is not limited to this list:
- Loud noise
- A build-up in earwax
- A ruptured eardrum
- The eardrum can be damaged by infection, pressure, or putting objects in the ear, including cotton-tipped swabs
- Diabetes, high blood pressure, a stroke or having had a heart attack contributes to hearing loss.
It is important to seek professional help, and speak to someone, to get advice and support on your individual situation.
Should you book a Hearing Test?
Sometimes it can be hard to accept the fact you may be suffering with hearing loss, and therefore some people may be reluctant to go and seek professional medical advice. If there is any part of you that thinks you may be suffering with hearing loss, it is best to seek help. There are lots of ways that we can support you. Lisa at Hearing Choices has over 18 years of experience in the industry.
If you’re suffering with ear problems or you might be starting to lose your hearing, then it’s essential you book a hearing test so we can learn and discover what the issue may be. Hearing tests allow us to make a diagnosis and design a treatment plan for your hearing needs. We offer free, professional hearing tests at our clinic in King’s Sutton Memorial Hall, Banbury.
It is always the right decision to be on the safe side and take your health concerns seriously. Please get in touch if you want to book in a hearing test or are looking for further advice. You can request an appointment directly on our website through the link here or by giving us a call on 01295 574380 or 0794 264 1986.