How to Recognize the Signs of Hearing Loss and What to Do About It

Hearing loss can appear suddenly, slowly or it could be by birth. Most of the time, the hearing loss gradually developed and you may not able to notice it. So it is important to be able to recognize the early symptoms of hearing loss, so that you can identify the problem quickly.
Early symptoms of hearing loss in adult
  • Difficulty in hearing while talking to other people – unable to distinguish specific words.
  • Trouble in hearing the telephone, doorbell.
  • While listening to music or watching television, need the volume higher than other people.
  • Difficult to find which direction sound is coming from.
  • While concentrate to listening, feeling tired or stressed.
  • If you hear a ringing, roaring, buzzing or whistling sound in your ears, it could be a sign of tinnitus, which is often related with hearing loss.
  • Physical symptoms like pus or fluid leaking from the ear indicating hearing loss.
At times, you may perceive indications of hearing loss in another person before they see it themselves. Research proposes it requires 10 years from the time somebody sees they have hearing loss, before they make a move.

Symptoms of Hearing Loss in babies

You should think to visit to your family doctor or GP, if you notice that your baby or toddler:
  • Is not responded by loud noises
  • doesn't turn towards the source of a sound while under four months old
  • In one year old they do not say single words
  • When you call their name, they are not seeing you
Symptoms of Hearing Loss in children

Some symptoms noticed by the children are:
  • If he is not able to speak, in which time he should speak clearly
  • When you ask some question or call by your child’s name, he is not responding properly
  • Follow the instruction of other people because they he not heard properly
  • Your child starts to speak more loudly than previously
Instructions to Have Your Hearing Tested

If you feel that you may be suffering from hearing loss or having any of the symptoms, it is most important to contact nearby hearing aid center. The most common test done by a professional audiologist will perform is a conditioned play activity (CPA). This test is in painless and is mostly completed in just a few minutes. During the test, the audiologist will play different types of sounds at various volumes, and the person being tested must raise their hand, or press a button when they hear the sound. Based on the results, an audiologist can determine if you have experienced hearing loss, and if so, how much loss has occurred. Depending upon the result, an audiologist can make recommendations for hearing aids which will be appropriate for you.

Different Hearing aid Options

There are various kinds of hearing aids available. The most popular are:
  • Completely in the canal (CIC) or mini CIC
  • In the canal (ITE)
  • In the ear (ITE)
  • Behind the ear (BTE)
  • Receiver in canal (RIC) or receiver in the ear (RITE)
  • Open fit
If you feel you have any difficulty in hearing, contact your nearest hearing aid center and get your hearing tested immediately.

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