In fact, you may not be certain they have a problem, but only suspect something may be going on. By learning to recognize the symptoms associated with hearing loss, you can be more confident when speaking to your friend or family member about your concerns, and be equipped with evidence to back up your claims.
Symptoms of Hearing Loss
Though hearing loss has several causes, the symptoms of hearing loss are basically the same. Ask yourself these common questions to help determine whether your loved one’s hearing has degenerated:
- Does he or she always have the volume on the TV, radio, or other device cranked up too loud?
- Have you heard the excuse, “Sorry I missed your visit/phone call...I didn’t hear the doorbell/telephone ringing?”
- Does he or she seem to be struggling to follow your conversations in crowded or noisy settings?
- Does he or she frequently complain about others mumbling, talking too fast, or otherwise not speaking clearly?
- Do you have to caution him or her not about speaking too loudly in inappropriate situations?
- How many times per conversation does your loved one ask you to repeat yourself?
- Have other friends, co-workers, or family members mentioned that they think he or she has a hearing problem?
- Does he or she complain about not being able to understand the words of songs when listening to the radio or dialogue when at the movies?
- Has he or she stopped accepting invitations to go out socially?
- Do you notice he or she doesn’t seem to notice loud noises that startle you and others?
It's time to see a hearing care professional
If you answered yes to any of these questions, it is likely that your friend or family member has some degree of hearing loss and would benefit from a hearing test by a hearing care professional. You may want to jot these questions down and pose them to the person when making the suggestion to seek help. In answering these questions for his or herself, your loved one may finally recognize the symptoms for what they are: a wake-up call that it is time to take action before his or her remaining hearing fades away. Call 855-355-9064 or contact us online to schedule a no-obligation appointment now.