Up close look at a thumb pressing the up button on the volume function of a tv remote.

It’s frequently said that hearing loss is a gradual process. That’s part of what can make it quite insidious. Your hearing grows worse not in big leaps but by tiny steps. So if you’re not watching closely, it can be difficult to keep track of the decrease in your hearing. Because of this, it’s worthwhile to be familiar with the early signs of hearing loss.

A whole assortment of related problems, like anxiety, depression, and even dementia, can result from untreated hearing loss, so even though it’s hard to detect, it’s crucial to get hearing loss treated as early as you can. Prompt treatment can also help you maintain your current hearing levels. Detecting the early warning signs is the best way to ensure treatment.

Early signs of hearing loss can be difficult to identify

Early hearing loss has subtle symptoms. You don’t, suddenly, lose a large portion of your hearing. The symptoms, instead, become folded into your everyday lives.

The human body and brain, you see, are incredibly adaptable. Your brain will start to compensate when your hearing begins to go and can make use of other clues to determine what people are saying. Similarly, if your left ear begins to fade, perhaps your right ear starts to pick up the slack and you unconsciously begin tilting your head just a bit.

But there’s only so much compensation that your brain can accomplish.

First signs of age-related hearing loss

There are some common signs to watch for if you think that you or a family member might be going through the onset of age related hearing loss:

  • Consonant sounds like “s” and “th” are tough to differentiate.: These consonant sounds tend to vibrate on a frequency that becomes progressively difficult to discern as your hearing worsens. You should pay especial attention to the “s” and “th” sounds, but other consonant sounds can also become confused.
  • Elevated volume on devices: This is probably the single most recognized sign of hearing loss. It’s classically known and cited. But it’s also easy to see and easy to track (and easy to relate to). If you’re continuously turning up the volume, that’s a sign that you aren’t hearing as well as you used to.
  • Straining to hear in loud environments: One thing your brain is exceptionally good at is following individual voices in a busy space. But as your hearing gets worse, your brain has less information to work with. Hearing in a busy space can quickly become a chore. Getting a hearing examination is the best option if you find yourself avoiding more conversations because you’re having a tough time following along.
  • You’re asking people to repeat themselves frequently: This one shouldn’t come as a huge surprise. In most situations, though, you will do this without even realizing that you are doing it at all. When you have a hard time hearing something, you might request some repetition. Some red flags should go up when this begins happening.

You should also be on the lookout for these more subtle signs

Some subtle signs of hearing loss seem like they have no connection to your hearing. These signs can be strong indicators that your ears are struggling even though they’re discreet.

  • Chronic headaches: Your ears will still be struggling to hear even as your hearing is going. They’re doing hard work. And that prolonged strain also strains your brain and can lead to chronic headaches.
  • Trouble concentrating: It may be hard to obtain necessary levels of concentration to get through your day-to-day activities if your brain has to devote more energy to hearing. You may find yourself with concentration issues as a consequence.
  • Restless nights: Ironically, another indication of hearing loss is insomnia. You might think the quiet makes it easier to sleep, but the strain puts your brain into a chronic state of alertness.

It’s a good plan to get in touch with us for a hearing assessment if you’re experiencing any of these age related signs of hearing loss. Then we can help you safeguard your hearing with the best treatment plan.

Hearing loss is a slow-moving process. But you can stay ahead of it with the right knowledge.

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References

https://www.healthyhearing.com/report/46306-Hearing-loss-auditory-deprivation

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/hearing-loss/symptoms-causes/syc-20373072

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