You may have experienced hearing loss and not even realized it. It may take someone else telling you that you need to have your hearing checked before you ever realize there is a problem. With time, you may simply get used to not being able to hear well and it may become a way of life for you, but others may find it tiresome to have to repeat themselves. There are signs to watch for with your own hearing. If you feel you have any of these signs or symptoms, be sure to have your hearing checked to see if you are in need of hearing aids so you can get back to your life.
Not Understanding What Someone Is Saying
If you are able to hear someone talking to you but cannot understand what they are actually saying, it could be a sign of hearing loss. You may hear words or sounds from the person, but you may have a difficult time actually processing what they are telling you. This can result in a number of misunderstandings and cause difficulties in relationships or even at work.
Needing To Read Lips To Understand
If you notice yourself needing to read someones lips in an effort to hear them better, it could be a sign of hearing loss. On that same token, if you aren't able to understand someone who has their mouth covered (or is unseen), it could also be a sign of hearing loss. Lip reading can be helpful to understand someone when they are talking, but if it's necessary for you to be able to understand what they are saying, it's time to have your hearing checked.
Talking Loudly Or Turning The Volume Up On The TV
If you are beginning to speak louder or turning the volume on the television up louder to hear, it could be a sign of hearing loss. Some people naturally talk loudly, but people with hearing loss will do so because they cannot tell the volume at which they are speaking as they can't hear themselves. If the television is up rather loudly, it may be due to hearing loss as well. Pay attention to the number you have your volume set to. If you have to keep making adjustments to this level, it may be due to hearing loss.
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms above, it's time to get to your physician for a hearing test. It may be time for hearing aids so you can hear again and to get back to your life.