Hearing loss is quite common; in fact, nearly 48 million people in Murrieta, CA and throughout the country suffer from it. While hearing loss can appear instantly if exposed to a loud enough noise, for most it will develop gradually over time. Because of this, many people don’t even realize they have a problem until it is too like.
Much like most other health issues, early intervention is key. The sooner you identify and treat the problem, the better the results. In order to help you avoid suffering from untreated hearing loss, below are the top five symptoms to be on the lookout for.
Constantly asking people to repeat themselves.
Only hearing part of a conversation can be frustrating. While you can just continue to ask everyone to repeat themselves, that can become tiring for everyone involved. Seeking treatment can help more than just you; it can help alleviate the burden you are putting on your family and friends.
Assuming Everyone is Mumbling
A common complaint heard by Murrieta audiologists is that everyone around the patient has begun to mumble. Since the idea that a large group of people simultaneously started mumbling is a bit absurd, the more plausible answer is that you are experiencing hearing loss.
Distracting Background Noise
Background noise can make hearing in a crowded restaurant of a public space challenging. The brain of somebody with hearing loss actually has to work harder to distinguish speech from other sound; this can lead to mental and physical exhaustion.
Turning Up the Volume
While you may not notice that you turned the volume up on the television or radio, your family members sure have. Not only can they hear every sarcastically made aside from your favorite television show many rooms over, it can be quite upsetting to turn on the TV only to have it come on full blast from the volume level you had it set to when you turned it off.
Avoiding social gatherings
Those with untreated hearing loss begin to simply find it easier to skip various social functions, as their hearing loss leads to feelings of isolation, even when they are surrounded by people. This behavior may lead to feelings of depression and anxiety.
Do any of these situations sound familiar? If so, now is the time to seek treatment. Contact your Murrieta audiologist today.