Treating Hearing Loss
Signs and Symptoms Checklist
What you think is normal hearing might not be.
Too often, people with hearing loss wait to seek treatment until the damage is mostly irreversible. By directing someone important in your life to the following checklist of hearing loss symptoms, they will hopefully recognize the early warning signs and take action to protect and hopefully restore a substantive amount of their hearing.
The following checklist can help you figure out if you might benefit from seeing a hearing care professional. If you answer “yes” to one or more of these, you should schedule an appointment as soon as possible. The sooner you seek treatment for hearing loss, the more of your remaining hearing can be protected.
- Do you frequently ask people to repeat themselves?
- When in a group, do you find it difficult to keep up with the conversation?
- Do you often complain about others mumbling or not speaking clearly?
- Do you have difficulty understanding what someone else is saying when you are in a crowded place (restaurant, store, office, etc.)?
- Are children or people with high-pitched voices particularly difficult to understand?
- Do others complain that you have the TV or radio volume turned up way too high?
- Are you sometimes embarrassed to find you’ve responded inappropriately to what someone else said?
- Do you hear a ringing in your ears when there is no apparent outside source?
- Do you find it harder to understand people when you are not face-to-face with them?
- Do you find yourself concentrating extra hard when talking on the telephone?
- Are you exhausted by the end of each day after having simply talked or listened to others?
- Do you find yourself avoiding going out with friends or skipping family gatherings more than you used to?
- Do/did your parents or other close relatives suffer from hearing loss?
- Do/did you work in any environments that exposed you to very loud sounds either once or over a long period?
- Do/did you engage in recreational activities that exposed you to very loud sounds either once or over a long period?
- Do/did you take medications known to be potentially harmful to your hearing?
- Have you been diagnosed with a heart or circulatory ailment, diabetes, or thyroid condition?
- Do you find you are not being invited out as often by friends or over to family members’ homes?
- Do you find people around you reacting to sounds (dogs barking, children laughing, birds singing) that you just don’t hear?
Have you spoken with a professional yet?
In answering these questions for themselves, your loved one may finally recognize their symptoms as a problem and consult a doctor before their remaining hearing fades away. Encourage them to schedule a no-obligation appointment with a hearing care professional now.