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How To Recognize Hearing Loss

by Valerie Stevens

As you age, you can start to experience problems with your hearing. It can be difficult for someone who is slowly becoming hard of hearing to even realize it is happening. The reason for this is the changes tend to occur at a slow pace over a long period of time. When your hearing starts to decline at such a slow rate it isn't like you will wake up one day and realize what's going on. However, you will be able to spot other signs of hearing loss, as long as you are open minded and observant. Learn about some of the more common signs that you may be experiencing hearing loss in this article.

Your family and friends tell you there is a problem

Your close friends and family members will usually catch on to a problem with your hearing long before you realize there could be an issue, so listen to them and get your hearing tested if they suggest you should.

Pay attention to the volume levels of your electronics

While it may be true that one TV may not have the best speakers and therefore needs to be turned up on a higher setting to hear it properly, this won't be true of all your electronics. If one day you notice that you have all the volume levels for your TVs, radios, phones and alarms set high, then it may be a good time for you to make an appointment to go in to have your hearing tested.

Nobody seems to know how to speak clearly anymore

If it seems no one can talk loudly enough and clearly enough for you these days, it may not actually be that everyone has decided to start talking low and mumbling, but you may be experiencing hearing loss. If you catch yourself asking just about everyone to repeat themselves, or find it's getting easier to just nod your head and agree with everyone, then make an appointment to check for hearing loss.

Nature seems to suddenly be quieter

If you are wondering where all the crickets and birds have gone, it may be that they are still there, but you aren't able to hear them anymore. Also, it can be harder to hear things like the rain on the roof, the leaves blowing in the wind and dogs barking in the distance once you start experiencing hearing loss.

If you feel you may be experiencing hearing loss, you should get in and have a hearing test done as soon as possible. This way, you may be able to get hearing aids to help you hear so you don't have to miss out anymore.

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