Published on August 25, 2022

4 Signs You’re Experiencing Hearing Loss

by Psych Times Staff

There are plenty of things regarding health that are common knowledge, but when it comes to hearing health, there are many signs that people are unaware of. Loss of hearing isn’t always complete deafness, and can often show in more subtle ways that you would not notice straight away. In some cases, others will notice your hearing loss before you do, and it can be caused by many different factors.

Your hearing health isn’t always something you can protect, either, because hearing loss can be hereditary and an effect of aging. Be on the lookout for the symptoms, and you can get the treatment you need as soon as possible. 

Difficulty with phone communication

If you’re having trouble speaking with others on the phone, it’s not necessarily a problem with your device, and can in some cases point to hearing loss. In general, conversations may be more difficult for you to follow, however, conversations over the phone can prove to be more difficult due to lower audio quality, lack of lip movements, and body language. If you’re having trouble with phone calls, consider having others test your phone, and also consider seeing a professional over your concerns.

Tiredness after a conversation

If you’re usually the type to enjoy conversation but are finding it more and more exhausting as time goes on, that can be another sign of hearing loss. Not every form of hearing loss is going to be obvious, but it can show when you’re having trouble listening to others. Conversations can be more tiring to individuals experiencing hearing loss because they’re having to try much harder to follow what’s being said. 

When this is the case, sometimes those experiencing hearing loss may start to shy away from conversations, or even experience bouts of depression

Often misunderstanding others

There are many reasons why you might be misunderstanding someone, and it’s not always a clear sign that you’re experiencing hearing loss. That said, it is one of the symptoms, and if it is happening often and when communicating with more than one person, it’s something you should be concerned about. Not all forms of hearing loss are a sign of permanent damage, however, it’s best to get checked out by a professional who can help you assess the situation. You may just have impacted wax, or could even be the side-effect of a prescribed drug.

Muffled hearing

One of the more obvious symptoms of hearing loss is the muffling of noises. If everything is sounding a lot less clear to you, then there’s likely something affecting your hearing. The muffled hearing could due to a number of causes, not necessarily a permanent hearing loss. You may have impacted wax, or it could be due to an ear infection. It’s better to be safe than sorry, and visiting an audiologist or a professional specializing in ear health can help you to get the diagnosis or treatment you need. It may be as simple as antibiotics or could call for a more serious treatment.

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