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Signs of a hearing loss

This might be you.

A suspicion has been growing louder in your mind. It nags at you but you’re denying it. And you could be right – maybe you don’t have hearing loss. Maybe it’s just wax. Maybe other people are mumbling. Maybe you’re overtired and don’t have the focus.  Maybe it’s all that damn noise! If you’re like thousands of other people, you’ve been waging a years-long internal battle with yourself.

Do I have hearing loss?

Yes, I do.

No, I don’t.

I couldn’t possibly, there’s no history of it in my family.

But I’m not hearing some things the way I used to.

So what, everyone’s got the same issues. Besides, I’m too young.

You’re not that young.

But my ears ring sometimes.

So? I still hear spouse, and I haven’t turned the TV any louder.

Oh yeah? Then why are you turning the dial to the right more frequently these days?

Maybe I am losing my hearing but it’s only a bit, nothing to worry about.

I’ll wait awhile, a couple of years, maybe. It will improve.

But maybe it’s a ‘use it or lose it’ kind of thing?

I don’t want to alarm you, or be that crazy woman walking around yelling: “I have hearing loss, you have hearing loss, we ALL have hearing loss! Admit it now and be saved!!’  However, studies show that a huge chunk of the population does have hearing loss, and many people are reluctant to have a hearing test which might confirm their worst fears. If you are concerned that you (or someone you might know) might be one of those suffering in silence, read on!

Twelve Signs That You Need Your Hearing Checked:

  1. Other people (especially your nearest and dearest) say you you’re not hearing very well – over and over again.
  2. You can’t tell what tree the bird is singing from. Heck, you’re not even sure it is a bird. (Sound location is a challenge with hearing loss.)
  3. Your TV volume is making your family’s ears ring.
  4. Pardon (or what, eh, huh) is your favorite word.
  5. You get nervous in a waiting room, because maybe you won’t hear your name called.
  6. People wave at you to get your attention. (You thought perhaps they were being friendly?)
  7. Parties are no fun anymore, because you have trouble carrying on a conversation (due to background noise).
  8. Your family doctor says your hearing is normal ‘for your age’, but that means you need your hearing checked.
  9. You need people to face you when they speak. You read lips, not the back of heads.
  10. The high, sweet voices of young children are also incomprehensible.
  11. Music and bells are playing in your head – but you’re not connected to a music player.
  12. Romantic ambiance means having all the lights on so you can understand your partner’s love-words.

Everyone should have their hearing checked, even if just to have a baseline. But if any, some, or all of the above apply to you, it’s time to stop the denial game. Don’t delay, call your nearest hearing clinic today. The sounds you’ve loved are waiting to be heard again.

Gael Hannan

Gael Hannan

Gael Hannan is a writer, actor and public speaker who grew up with a progressive hearing loss that is now severe-to-profound. She is the author of The Way I Hear It and a contributor at Hearing Health & Technology Matters.

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