Hearing loss occurs frequently and is a gradual process. Rarely does it happen at all once. It’s important to notice the signs early so that you can receive the best treatment. If you experience any symptoms, the best thing to do is to talk to a professional hearing specialist and schedule a hearing examination.
Symptoms of Hearing Loss
1. Difficulty understanding words, background noise, or in a crowd
Asking others around you to repeat themselves, not being able to hear the common sounds in your environment or having trouble understanding what someone is saying next to you, can be frustrating which is why it’s important to take a hearing test if you are experiencing this trouble.
2. Experiencing ringing in your ear or buzzing sounds (Known as tinnitus)
Roughly 90 percent of people who have tinnitus also have hearing loss, though many people may not realize that they have both conditions. Tinnitus is often a high pitch ringing or hissing in your ears. The sound may be constant or comes and goes but if you experience ringing in your ears, getting a hearing test won’t hurt as it’s possible you may have hearing loss.
3. Turning up the volume on your TV
When watching television, shows tend to mix together sound effects and music. If you are having trouble hearing the TV and it’s hard to understand what is being said, you may want to consider looking into getting a hearing test. If people in your home are complaining that the TV is too loud, we would highly recommend seeing a professional to be safe.
The Degree of Hearing Loss and its Possible Damage
Having normal hearing you will have no missing sounds and no hearing loss symptoms. The decibel is 25 db. In this case your hearing will be great and normal.
Mild Hearing loss
The decibel for mild hearing loss is between 26-40 dB. The symptoms to pay attention to so when quiet and soft conversations or situations that include background noise are hard to understand. The sound you would be missing is the sound of a ticking clock.
Moderate hearing loss
The decibel is around 41-60 dB. If you have a moderate hearing loss, the low or quietest sounds you can hear with your better ear. Higher volume levels are required for listening to the radio or watching television. The sound you will be missing is the noise of a vacuum cleaner.
Severe hearing loss
The decibel is between 61-80 for severe hearing loss. The quiet sounds you can hear with your better ear. Difficulties with speech and group conversations, comprehension is impossible without amplification, and the sounds you would not be able to hear is the sound of a child crying.
Profound hearing loss
When the decibel is 81 and you can’t hear the sound of an airplane. The symptoms are when you can hear quiet sounds with your better ear but difficult or impossible to hear and comprehend amplified devices or speech.
Symptoms by hearing loss type:
High frequency hearing loss- High pitched sounds that are hard for you to hear
Noise-notch hearing loss- Some high sounds are hard to hear
Mid-range hearing loss- Mid-range sounds are hard for you to hear
Low-frequency hearing loss- Lower pitched sounds are hard for you to hear
Conductive hearing loss – Hearing loss from damage to middle or the outer of your ear
Sudden hearing loss- Hearing loss onset is rapid
Flat hearing loss- All pitches are hard for you to hear
Single-sided hearing loss- Only one of your ears is affected
Temporary noise related hearing loss- The hearing loss may go away on its own
Mixed hearing loss
If you are having trouble or experiencing any of the symptoms, please contact a professional hearing aid provider and book a hearing test. We will provide the best care to better your situation and will offer a hearing loss treatments