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The Signs Of Hearing Loss You Shouldn’t Ignore

The Signs Of Hearing Loss You Shouldn't Ignore

You may think that having hearing loss would be obvious — not being able to hear the TV or the sound of a neighbor knocking on your door seems like something you’d notice right away.

But hearing loss is not always so easily perceived. It can present itself in unexpected ways (and you may even overcompensate in other ways to decrease the effects). According to Dr. Gavriel Kohlberg, an assistant professor of otolaryngology at the University of Washington School of Medicine, hearing loss is really undiagnosed throughout the country, making it under-treated, too.

Some of those “regular” annoyances that you deal with day to day may actually be signs that you’re losing your hearing. Here, experts share signs that you may be experiencing hearing loss.

Having to ask people to repeat themselves.

According to Dr. Kareem Tawfik, an assistant professor of otolaryngology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, one of the most common signs of hearing loss is consistently having to ask loved ones to repeat themselves during normal conversation.

Pay attention if you suspect that you’re asking loved ones to recite what they just said more often than usual. You can even ask your friends and family for their opinion if you think you may be consistently asking them to repeat what they just said.

You can’t hear background noises.

Kohlberg noted that if you’re having trouble hearing environmental noises, you’ll likely want to get your hearing checked.

Environmental noises can include things like birds chirping, leaves rustling and the beep from kitchen appliances, he said.

Take notice if you struggle to hear some expected background noises on your next walk through nature or the next time you’re doing things around the house.

You experience a ringing in your ears.

“A lot of people with hearing loss also have a condition called tinnitus,” Tawfik said.

Tinnitus is commonly associated with ringing in the ears, but it can also be a buzzing in the ears or “any number of different sounds that are not actually present in the environment but occur as the brain’s response to a deprivation of sound from the ears.”

Hearing loss is the most common reason people have tinnitus, and tinnitus is a prevalent condition — more than 50 million people in the U.S. have it, according to the Cleveland Clinic.

You find yourself relying on lip-reading.

Whether they know it or not, many people who have hearing loss rely on lip-reading to understand what those around them are…

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