Woman sitting on a grey couch gazing out the window wondering if she has hearing loss.

Your last family get-together was frustrating. It wasn’t because of family crisis (this time). No, the issue was that you couldn’t hear anything over the boisterous noise of the room. So you didn’t hear the details about Nancy’s promotion, and you didn’t have the ability to ask about Todd’s new dog. And that was really annoying. For the most part, you blame the acoustics. But you have to acknowledge that it may be a problem with your hearing.

It’s not usually recommended to self diagnose hearing loss because it’s truly challenging to do. But you should watch for certain warnings. When enough of these warning signs spring up, it’s worth scheduling an appointment to get a hearing test.

Early signs of hearing loss

The majority of the symptoms of hearing loss are subtle. But you may be dealing with hearing loss if you can connect with any of the items on this list.

Here are some of the most prevalent early signs of hearing loss:

  • It’s suddenly very hard to make out phone calls: You may not talk on the phone as often as you used to because you use texting pretty often. But you may be experiencing another early warning sign if you’re having difficulty understanding the calls you do take.
  • You notice that some sounds become oppressively loud. It’s one of the more uncommon early warning signs linked to hearing loss, but hyperacusis is common enough that you might find yourself encountering its symptoms. If you are having this issue, particularly if it persists, it’s time for a hearing test.
  • Somebody notices that the volume on your media devices is getting louder. Maybe the volume on your cell phone keeps getting louder and louder. Or perhaps, you have your TV volume turned up to max. Normally, you’re not the one that notices the loud volume, it’s your kids, possibly your neighbor, or your friends.
  • You frequently need people to repeat what they said. If you find yourself asking multiple people to speak more slowly, talk louder, or repeat what they said, this is particularly true. This early sign of hearing impairment could be occurring without you even noticing.
  • High-pitched sounds are getting lost. Maybe you just noticed your teapot was whistling after five minutes. Or perhaps the doorbell rings, and you don’t notice it. Early hearing loss is typically most noticeable in particular (and often high-pitched) frequencies of sound.
  • Certain words are hard to understand. This symptom happens when consonants become difficult to hear and distinguish. The “sh” and “th” sounds are the most prevalent examples. Sometimes, it’s the s- and f-sounds or p- and t-sounds that get lost.
  • Your ears are ringing: This ringing (it can actually be other noises too) is known as tinnitus. If you experience ringing or other chronic sounds in your ears, a hearing test is your best bet because tinnitus, though it’s frequently an early warning of hearing impairment, can also indicate other health problems.
  • You have a hard time hearing conversations in a crowded or noisy place. This is often an early sign of hearing loss.

Next up: Take a test

You may have one or more of these early warnings but the only real way to know the health of your hearing is to get a hearing test.

You might be dealing with hearing loss if you are noticing any one of these symptoms. A hearing assessment will be able to reveal what degree of impairment, if any, exists. And then you’ll be better prepared to determine the right treatment.

This means your next family gathering can be much more enjoyable.

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The site information is for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. To receive personalized advice or treatment, schedule an appointment.