The Symptoms of Hearing Loss – Signs to Watch For
In most cases people who suffer from hearing loss do not suddenly lose the ability to hear clearly overnight. Instead it is a slow and gradual process and it can be hard to recognize that it is happening at all. Often it is not the person losing their hearing who first notices it is a problem, instead it is the people around them, their family and friends, who first observe that something is not quite right. However many people do not mention their concerns for fear of offending or upsetting the person, especially if that person is older.
All of the following can be signs of ongoing hearing loss and they all merit a visit to the doctor for a hearing screen:
- Muffled sounds when the sound should be clear.
- Having to turn the television or radio up louder than before because you can no longer make out the words being spoken or sung at a lower volume any more.
- Frequent ear pain or ear irritation.
- Ringing, buzzing or hissing sounds in the ear. This is often a sign of tinnitus, a disorder that can lead to hearing loss.
- Difficulty in understanding what people are saying, especially in social situations where several people are a part of the conversation at the same time.
- Unusual fluid leaking form the ear. This can often be the sign of an untreated ear infection that could cause permanent hearing damage if it is not addressed.
- Vertigo. Frequent bouts of dizziness may be related to a disorder called Meniere’s Disease, which causes permanent hearing loss.
The sooner hearing problems are addressed the sooner something may be able to be done to help prevent too much damage. Some hearing loss is a natural part of the aging process and is to a certain extent to be expected but there is no harm in addressing any concerns about your hearing with a medical practitioner.