When to Take a Hearing Test

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Duane L. Smelser

Before you had hearing loss, did you ever think about your ears? We know what it’s like to take your hearing loss for granted until something goes wrong. If you’ve recently started thinking about your hearing, you may have hearing loss. Here are a few signs that it’s time to take a hearing test.

Asking People to Repeat Themselves

One of the first situations where you’ll notice hearing loss is during conversations. You may start asking people to repeat themselves, and feel like the people around you have all started mumbling. If you think everyone around you is speaking too softly or too quickly, it’s probably not them, it’s you. Asking people to repeat themselves is a sign that it’s time to take a hearing test.

Increasing the Volume

Not sure if you have hearing loss? Next time you watch TV, think about the volume. If you’ve recently been turning up the volume, and still can’t quite hear the news or follow your favorite show, you should have a hearing test. With hearing loss, it can be harder to hear the TV, listen to the radio, or talk on the phone. If your family is complaining that you keep turning up the volume, you may have a hearing loss.

Talking on the Phone

Are you having a hard time hearing on the phone? When you have hearing loss, it’s harder to hear what people are saying on the phone, and you may ask people to repeat themselves several times. You may even stop answering the phone and refuse to call people back. Don’t let hearing loss damage your relationships, but take a hearing test and find out how hearing aids can make it easy to talk on the phone.

Avoiding Social Gatherings

Have you been finding excuses to stay at home? Hearing loss makes it hard to follow conversations, and you may not like meeting friends as much as you used to. It can be hard to make out what they’ve said, and you feel embarrassed when you mishear words or phrases. Avoiding social gatherings is another sign that you should get a hearing test, and find out how you can enjoy social gatherings.

Having a Hard Time Hearing in Background Noise

Maybe you can hear just fine at home, but the moment you’re in a restaurant with background noise it’s extremely hard to hear. When you have hearing loss, your brain isn’t getting a clear picture of all the sounds around you. This is fine when you’re in a quiet place, but when you’re in background noise, your brain can’t tell which sounds are important sounds, and which sounds are background noise. You’ll hear them all as equally important, and can’t seem to ignore the distracting background sounds. This is a clear sign that it’s time to take a hearing test

Missing Soft Sounds

Have you noticed that you’re not hearing all the soft sounds anymore? You might not hear the beeping of the coffee maker, or you may start sleeping through your morning alarm. Think about the soft sounds you normally hear, like the clicking sound of your turning signal, the chirping of birds, or someone calling to you from another room. If you haven’t been hearing these sounds recently, it’s time to take a hearing test.

People Think You’re Being Rude

Have you had a family member accuse you of being rude? Maybe you saw a friend in the grocery store, but didn’t hear them the first time they said hello. If your family and friends think you’re being rude or that you’re ignoring them, it’s time to get a hearing test. Don’t let hearing loss damage your relationships, or come between you and the people you love. Take a hearing test and find out what sounds you’re missing.

Treating Hearing Loss

During your hearing test, we’ll ask you a few questions about your medical and hearing health to understand your hearing needs. We’ll also perform a short visual exam to check for a buildup of earwax in the ear canal, or any sign of illness or infection that could be causing a temporary hearing loss. Then, we’ll test your ability to hear low and high sounds, and find out exactly what sounds you’re missing.

If a hearing loss is detected, we will work with you to find the best treatment option for your specific hearing needs. Contact us today to learn more!

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