Hearing Health: Overview
Hearing Loss: Sensorineural
Hearing Loss: Conductive
The signs of hearing loss can be subtle and emerge slowly or they can be dramatic and come on suddenly. Either way there are common indicators. If you are experiencing any of the problems listed below, you should contact us today to schedule a hearing test.
When in conversation do you…
- require frequent repetition during conversation?
- have difficulty following conversations involving more than 2 people?
- think that other people sound muffled or like they’re mumbling?
- have difficulty hearing in noisy situations, like restaurants, malls, or crowded meeting rooms?
- have trouble hearing children and women?
- have your TV or radio turned up to a high volume?
- answer or respond inappropriately in conversations?
- have ringing in your ears?
- read lips or more intently watch people’s faces when they speak with you?
In social situations do you…
- feel stressed out from straining to hear what others are saying?
- feel annoyed at other people because you can’t hear or understand them?
- feel embarrassed to meet new people or from misunderstanding what others are saying?
- feel nervous about trying to hear and understand?
- withdraw from social situations that you once enjoyed because of difficulty hearing?
Additionally do you…
- have a family history of hearing loss?
- take medications that can harm the hearing system (ototoxic drugs)?
- have diabetes, heart, circulation or thyroid problems?
- get exposed to very loud sounds over a long period or single exposure to explosive noise?
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