A common question that people ask is, how will I know if I have hearing loss?
Hearing loss is a tricky subject because hearing loss is invisible.
But some of the most common signs that hearing loss is happening is walking into a noisy environment and thinking, “Wow, the noise is making it really hard for me to understand speech.”
Or, when you’re in your household, and your spouse is calling you from another room, and it takes you a minute to think, “Hmm, are they talking to me?”.
Or, if you’re watching the television and you have the inclination to bring up the volume because it feels like things just aren’t clear enough.
Often, people will say, ” I don’t have a hearing problem, Dr. Michelle, I’m just not understanding what people are saying to me.” Well, those are the first signs of hearing loss.
Hearing loss happens very subtly; we seem to think as humans, either someone hears perfectly well, or they don’t hear at all. But the grey area in between is where it all falls, and those are where the complications lie, and the first signs that hearing loss is beginning.
I hope this gives you a better understanding of what to look for when it comes to the first signs of hearing loss in yourself or a loved one.