Spotting telltale Hearing Loss Symptoms Early is Important
Only when hearing loss symptoms are recognised can steps be taken to manage the condition and to halt its progress. Except in cases of temporary deafness caused, perhaps, by an acute ear infection or an adverse reaction to medication, without prompt and appropriate intervention, the degree of auditory impairment tends to increase. As yet, deafness remains a condition that can only be managed, rather than reversed. This being the case, the longer it is left unattended, the more difficult it becomes for an electronic aid to fully compensate for the greater degree of impairment.
One of the more unfortunate facts in cases of hearing loss is that the symptoms are frequently noticed, not by the subject, but by his or her family, friends or colleagues. Typical of their observations are constant requests to repeat parts of a conversation; being told not to mumble; having their words ignored when not actually making eye-contact and noting that the subject tunes the radio or TV to a volume that they find uncomfortable. Too often, however, these third parties prefer not to cause embarrassment, so they prefer to say nothing, while those who do bring it to the subject’s attention are often ignored.
The reality is that surprisingly few people will choose to acknowledge the onset of hearing loss and will simply ignore symptoms in their efforts to avoid the reality. In practice, if others are aware, then so too is the subject. We are all aware of how sounds will appear muffled when suffering from the congestion that accompanies a head cold. When this occurs without the cold and persists, it is time to investigate further. Quite often, even during the early stages, the subject will experience a faint ringing in the ears. Known as tinnitus, it is quite a common accompaniment to impaired audition and may tend to intensify as the condition progresses.
Such warning signs, together with the observations of third parties are typical symptoms of hearing loss and should never be ignored. Instead, if only for peace of mind, the sensible course of action is to book an appointment with an audiologist as soon as you become aware that there may be a problem. No GP referral will be required and all of the investigative testing is non-invasive, involves neither pain nor discomfort, and will be conducted in complete confidence.
The tests will measure the degree of impairment, whether it is due to poor conduction or diminished reception of sounds, and which frequencies are most affected. The data may be used to select the most appropriate hearing aid and tune it to your precise needs. Prompt reaction to hearing loss symptoms makes sense.