You Should Get a Hearing Test if You Observe Any of These 7 Signs

Man sitting on couc watching television holding the remote to turn up the volume because of hearing loss.

Bananas taste much different then they did in the past. That’s because modern banana farmers grow a really different variety of banana then they used to. These new bananas develop faster, are more resilient, and can thrive in a wider range of climates. And they taste quite different. So why haven’t you noticed the great banana exchange? Well, the change wasn’t a quick one. The change was so slow you never noticed.

The same thing can happen with your ears and hearing loss. It isn’t like suddenly your hearing is totally gone. For most individuals, hearing loss develops slowly, often so slowly that you don’t really recognize what’s happening.

That’s regrettable because early treatment can help maintain your hearing. If you are aware that your hearing is at risk, for example, you may take more precautions to protect it. So it’s a good idea to be on the lookout for these seven signs of waning hearing.

7 signs you should get a hearing exam

Hearing loss isn’t always well understood as it happens slowly over time. It’s not as if you’ll be totally incapable of hearing the day after you went to that big rock show. Repeated exposure to loud sound over a long period of time slowly produces noticeable hearing loss. The earlier you manage your hearing loss, the better off you’ll be. Neglected hearing loss has been connected to a greater risk of problems including dementia, social solitude, and depression, so it isn’t something you want to mess around with.

You should, uh, keep your ear to the ground for these seven signs that you might be developing hearing loss. A hearing test is the only way to know, but maybe these warning signs will motivate you to take some early action.

Sign #1: You keep turning up the volume on your devices

Do you find yourself frequently reaching for the volume controls? Perhaps they’re mixing the audio on your favorite shows differently now, or your favorite artists have started to mumble. But it’s also possible (if not probable) that you’re hearing is gradually degrading, and that you’re increasing the volume of your favorite TV show or music to compensate.

If others keep telling you the TV is too high this is particularly likely. They can often recognize hearing problems in you sooner than you can.

Sign #2: You failed to hear the doorbell (or a phone call)

It could be an indication that you’re having hearing trouble if you are constantly missing everyday sounds. A few of the most ordinary sounds you may miss include:

  • Your doorbell (or someone knocking on the door): You thought your friend just walked into your house but actually missed him knocking.
  • Timers and alarms: Did you burn dinner or sleep or sleep through the ringing of your alarm clock? It might not be because your cook timer or alarm clock is not loud enough.
  • Your phone: Are you missing text messages? You’re more likely to miss text messages than calls since nobody makes calls these days.

If your family and friends have mentioned that they’re kind of scared of driving with you because you miss so many common sounds (from honking horns to the beeping of a truck in reverse), that could be a sign that it’s time for a hearing test.

Sign #3: You keep needing people to repeat what they said

Are your most frequently used words “what?” or “pardon?”? It’s likely that it’s an issue with your hearing that’s causing you to need people to repeat what they said when they talk to you. If people do repeat themselves and you still fail to hear them this is especially true. Definitely, time to schedule a hearing exam.

Sign #4: It sounds as if everyone’s always mumbling

This one goes fairly well with #3 and we might even call it #3-A. If it sounds as if everyone around you is continuously mumbling or saying something under their breath, the reality is… well, they likely aren’t. It’s stressful to always think people are mumbling about you, so it might be a comfort to find out they’re actually not. Alternatively, it’s more likely that you’re just having a hard time hearing what they’re saying.

This can be especially noticeable if you’re attempting to listen to someone who has a higher pitched voice, or if you have to have a conversation in a loud space, such as a restaurant.

Sign #5: Family members prompt you to get a hearing assessment (or invest in hearing aids)

Your family and friends most likely know you quite well. And some of them most likely have healthy hearing. If your members of your family (especially younger) are informing you that something isn’t right with your hearing, it’s a good idea to listen to them (no pun intended).

We understand that it’s all too easy to sort of rationalize this advice away. Possibly you tell yourself it was just a bad day or whatever. But heeding their advice could preserve the health of your hearing.

Sign #6: Your ears are ringing or you’re experiencing balance issues

When you have ringing in your ears, you’re dealing with a condition called tinnitus. It isn’t at all unusual. There are a couple of reasons why you might experience more ringing in your ears when you’re dealing with hearing loss:

  • Both can be caused by damage: Both hearing loss and tinnitus can be the result of damage. So you’re more likely to develop tinnitus and hearing loss the more damaged your hearing is.
  • Hearing loss can make tinnitus more noticeable: Tinnitus can be drowned-out by everyday noises in your day-to-day life. But as hearing loss makes those background sounds quieter, tinnitus symptoms come to the front.

It could be a sign that you’re dealing with problems with your ears, either way, if you have loud noises in your ears or balance issues and vertigo. And that means (no shock here), yes, you need to come see us for an exam.

Sign #7: You feel exhausted after social engagement

Maybe the reason why social situations have become so tiring is because you’ve always been an introvert. Or it might be possible that you’re not hearing as well as you used to.

Your hearing might be the reason why you feel wiped out after leaving a restaurant or social affair. When there are interruptions in what you hear, your brain works really hard to fill in those holes. This is exhausting (no matter how good your brain is), especially over the long run. So when you’re in particularly strenuous situations (such as a noisy space), you might experience even more exhaustion.

Start by coming to see us

Honestly, hearing damage is normal to everybody to some level. If or when you develop hearing loss is heavily dependent on how well you protect your ears when you’re subjected to loud noise.

So it may be an indication that the banana is changing if you encounter any of these signs. Happily, you can take matters into your own hands and contact us for an appointment. The sooner your hearing loss is diagnosed, the sooner you’ll be able to get treatment.

The site information is for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. To receive personalized advice or treatment, schedule an appointment.