Hearing Loss Symptoms
Because hearing loss often occurs gradually, it may go undetected for a period of time. Below are some questions relating to common symptoms of hearing loss. If you answer yes to one or more of these questions, you should have your hearing evaluated.
- Do you frequently ask people to repeat themselves?
- Is there a ringing or buzzing in your ear?
- Do you complain that everyone around you is mumbling?
- Do you have difficulty understanding conversations in noisy places?
- Is it difficult to understand telephone conversations?
- Do you often misunderstand what people are saying?
What Are Common Side Effects of Hearing Loss?
Hearing loss affects every area of your life. Relationships. Work. Recreation. Economic. As a result, the psychological, emotional and social impact can be great and should be a serious consideration when deciding whether to seek treatment.
People experiencing mild to severe hearing loss are more likely to report feelings of:
- Sadness and depression caused by feelings of isolation from others
- Stress and anxiety (especially with family and co-workers)
- Loneliness due to avoiding social functions
- Frustration resulting from difficulty understanding speech
However, those being treated for hearing loss experience benefits including:
- Better relationships with family and friends
- A heightened sense of self esteem
- Improved mental health
- Greater independence and security
Could My Hearing Loss Be a Symptom of Something Serious?
Yes. Sudden hearing loss, defined as rapidly decreasing hearing within 90 days, either alone or accompanied by pain and/or drainage in one or both ears, dizziness, or a feeling of fullness could be a symptom of a deeper medical condition. In cases such as this we recommend you consult your primary physician and we may refer you to an ear, nose and throat specialist.
What is the Next Step?
If you are experiencing any of the above hearing loss symptoms, you should have your hearing tested by an audiologist as soon as possible. Contact us today at (763) 744-1190 to schedule an appointment with one of our audiologists for a free hearing exam and evaluation.