Hearing loss is not uncommon, especially as we age. However, not everyone who is losing their hearing takes notice until their hearing loss has progressed significantly. If you find yourself relating to any of the signs addressed in this article, feel free to contact Dr. Bradford Ress in Boca Raton, FL to set up a hearing test. Dr. Ress welcomes new patients of any age concerned about potential hearing problems.
1. Increasing the sounds on your devices
You love listening to music on your smartphone, especially while briskly walking along the beach or working out at the gym. Yet you keep turning the sound higher and higher to understand lyrics or hear all the nuances of the melody. This may be an indication of hearing loss in one or both of your ears.
Worried that being fitted for a hearing device will interfere with being able to continue to listen to podcasts and streaming services? You will be happy to learn that technology is available at our local otologist office. Some devices can connect via Bluetooth to your smartphone, tablet, or laptop to bring you the tunes or chatter you love.
2. Missing directions in meetings or at home
Does it seem as if your colleagues always know more about what is going on after meetings? Do you leave in-person or over-the-phone conversations with only half the information, despite other attendees getting the full picture? You may be losing out because you are unable to hear everything that is going on. Perhaps this happens at home, too.
If the core problem is your hearing, a custom device can restore your ability to understand everything that happens in corporate gatherings. That way, you will not continue to miss important directives, deadlines, or assignments.
3. Having difficulty isolating conversations in noisy environments
You head to a restaurant to enjoy a meal with friends but you cannot pay attention to what they say. The rest of the eatery is simply too busy. Trying to listen through the noise is virtually impossible, which makes having a relaxing evening a challenge.
When you begin to lose your hearing, you may find it very hard to distinguish one voice over another in noisy settings such as restaurants, shopping malls, and parties. Hearing aids are designed to remove these barriers to being able to listen to what is being said, even in busy places.
4. Speaking loudly when you do not have to
Does everyone around you tell you that you speak too loudly, or that you have begun to shout whenever you say something? Do your loved ones think you are angry even when you are just talking normally and feel perfectly at ease? You may be overcompensating for your hearing loss.
Many individuals schedule appointments with otologists after being told that they sound as if they are yelling all the time. An otologist can help you determine if a specialized device or other form of hearing loss treatment can stop you from raising your voice unnecessarily.
5. Experiencing tinnitus
Tinnitus is a condition that causes ringing or static sounds in the ears. You may only notice it in quiet situations, such as when you are trying to fall asleep. Alternatively, you may experience tinnitus all the time, even in busier situations.
Tinnitus can be a prime indicator of hearing loss, so be sure to arrange for a hearing evaluation. Many tinnitus treatments are available.
Diagnosing Hearing Loss in Boca Raton, FL
Anyone of any age can lose their hearing. Be sure to talk to Dr. Ress if you live in the Boca Raton, FL and recognize hearing loss symptoms in yourself or a loved one. Call our team at (561) 353-7377 to arrange a consultation.