As you may or may not be aware, hearing loss is a lot more common than people originally thought. It can affect people of any age in life, and it often progresses more quickly than we realize. All that said, you might wonder if you are suffering from hearing loss. Here are four common signs that you should see an audiologist for a hearing loss evaluation.
Background Noise Bothers You
Most people find it hard to hear in a crowd, but if you have hearing loss, then you could be particularly bothered by this. Our brains have the ability to focus by “tuning out” background noise to a certain degree. At a normal hearing ability level, you should be able to comfortably hold a conversation with the person next to you in a space with moderate background noise. If this seems difficult, then you should see an audiologist.
You Have to Turn up the Volume
Volume is at the center of hearing loss concerns. Listening to music and television at too high a volume can cause hearing loss, but if you have hearing loss, then you are more likely to turn up the volume. As you can see, this creates an unhealthy cycle. A good audiologist will tell you that your ears shouldn’t be exposed to noise that is in excess of 85 decibels, which is just under the sound of the average lawnmower. Next time you listen to something, ask yourself if you could be able to hear a lawnmower over that sound. If not, then the volume is too high, and that is cause for concern.
People Need to Repeat Themselves
One of the most commonly overlooked warning signs of hearing loss is having to ask people to repeat themselves in conversation. Whether you are talking to someone in person or on the phone, if you find it difficult to catch a large number of their words, then you should consider having a hearing evaluation.
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Ready to change the way you look at hearing loss? Our Doctor of Audiology, Dr. Trisha A. Bents Muth, is exceptionally experienced in the art of audiology, and is dedicated to providing the absolute best solutions. Bay Area Audiology has been working to give patients a comfortable environment, with thorough evaluations. We are independently owned, and unbiased when it comes to finding you the care you need.
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