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Hearing loss symptoms

Hearing loss often comes in a slow and gradual decline. As a result, it can be difficult to notice the signs of hearing loss until years after it has already begun. There are long-term health risks for leaving hearing loss unaddressed. That is why it is important to know the common symptoms of hearing loss.
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Why You Should Know the Signs of Hearing

Being able to spot the early symptoms of hearing loss can help you and your loved ones. It takes the average person around seven years to admit they have hearing loss and address it. But if you can notice it early, in yourself or a loved one, it is a lot easier to speed that process up.

If the cause of the hearing loss is due to an underlying condition, treating it fast can mean restoring your hearing to its normal levels. If you leave it unaddressed, there is an increased risk that the hearing loss becomes more severe or permanent.

There are potential complications for your overall health and wellbeing that come from untreated hearing loss. Numerous studies have found that it can lead to the following issues:

  • Social isolation, stress and depression
  • Withdrawal and loneliness
  • Anger and irritability
  • Mental fatigue
  • Reduced focus and alertness, and therefore increased safety risk
  • Increased risk for cognitive decline and dementia

Here's how it typically works. When you ignore or miss hearing loss, your brain has to work harder to hear things. That can lead to greater strain and mental fatigue, as well as an increase in anxiety and angry outbursts in social situations. It can also lead to you from social interaction, such as conversations with friends and family.

That in turn can lead to your brain being less stimulated from conversations, as well as from hearing your regular TV shows, movies, music, and so on. Without that stimulation, it can lead to a decline in cognitive function, such as memory loss and dementia.
This process may take several years, but it takes people a long time to notice hearing loss, admit they have it, and then get treatment for it. Being able to spot hearing loss can help you or your loved one decide to address it as soon as possible. It can be addressed before it leads to the more serious complications.
Hearing Loss Signs and Symptoms

Recognizing the Signs of Hearing Loss

Here are the main signs and symptoms of sensorineural hearing loss.
  • Difficulty Hearing High Pitches
    If you have sensorineural hearing loss, you may struggle with higher-pitched sounds, especially when conversing with women and children, whose voices tend to be higher. This is because sensitivity to higher pitches often diminishes before lower ones.
  • Pain or Pressure In Your Ear
    Experiencing pain or pressure? You might also have hearing loss. Treating the underlying condition could alleviate both issues.
  • Feeling of Fullness In Your Ear
    Common with impacted or excessive earwax: fullness worsening to pain and pressure. Similar to temporary water in your ear after swimming. Consult your doctor for confirmation.
  • Difficulty Following Conversations
    You might struggle more with conversations, especially in noise, and need to move closer or read lips. Others may sound quieter, like mumbling. Asking for repeats becomes frequent, and you'll likely increase volume on various devices.
  • Difficulty Distinguishing Sound in Noisy Environments
    Hearing loss makes it tough to hear in noisy places like restaurants, concerts, or windy outdoor settings. Conversations, music, and details become harder to pick out. You might struggle with pinpointing sound direction or miss certain sounds amid the background noise.
  • Feeling Tired and Stressed After Social Outings
    Hearing difficulties require constant focus, straining your brain during conversations and leading to mental fatigue. This can cause stress and anxiety before social events and make socializing unpleasant, even if it was enjoyable before.
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If you think you or a loved one is showing signs of hearing loss, it's a good idea to have your hearing assessed. You can contact us at any time to request a full hearing assessment at your nearest HearCANADA centre.

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