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5 Warning Signs That Show You Need To Go For A Hearing Test

The ability to hear is very important to humans. Apart from just hearing, the hearing system or auditory system also helps the body maintain equilibrium or balance. It is very common for many people to experience hearing loss at some point in their life. There are many problems that are associated with hearing loss and one of them is presbycusis. Which is the inability of the ear to hear high pitched sound due to age. Younger people and children could also get hearing loss, which may be congenital or acquired. Congenital is due to genetic factors, while acquired may be due to ear infections.

The best way to prevent hearing loss is to detect the early signs and go for a hearing test.


5 Warning Signs That Show You Need To Go For A Hearing Test

Hearing tests, also called pure tone audiometry is a medical test used to evaluate and diagnose issues related to hearing loss. You should go for a hearing test on a regular basis so that any issue will be detected early and treated effectively. You should also consider going for this test if you encounter some of these warning signs. Here below are some of the important signs that shows you to schedule an appointment to have your ears tested.

Warning Signs Which Indicates You Need A Hearing Test


1. You have difficulty hearing others when they speak

Difficulty in understanding what people are speaking, is one of the major warning signs of hearing loss. Many individuals with this symptom will be fond of saying 'speak up' or ' what?' very often. They'll be straining to listen to a conversation and to words that being spoken clearly.

Those people who suspect this issue should carefully note the group of people  they have the most trouble understanding. It is a fact that women and children tend to have more high-pitched voices, and yet people with hearing may not be able to hear these groups clearly.

2. You experience difficulty hearing in crowded places.

Some people have noticed that they can't listen to a conversation in a crowded place. In places school or busy streets, they have difficulty hearing words that are clearly spoken to them.

This difficulty could greatly affect your social life and often lead to embarrassment. To avoid this, it is imperative to consider a hearing test if this warning sign is noticed.

3. You have difficulty in knowing the direction where a sound is coming from.

A perfectly healthy ear will be able to distinguish the direction from which a sound is emanating from. But someone with poor hearing will have difficulty doing that.

For instance, if someone is speaking to you from the kitchen and you think it is from the bedroom or somewhere else, then you need to really have your ears checked. This issue mainly occurs in crowded places however.

4. You always increase the volume of your TV and Radio

One very common symptom  among people with hearing loss is that they frequently increase the volume of their TV, radio or music players. They'll usually put the blame on the device for sounding too low but that is hardly the case. However, their families would complain that both devices are always too loud.

 They could also use the subtitle option frequently while watching TV. If you are fond of turning up the volume of any listening device, you should go for a hearing test.


5. You experience Tinnitus

Tinnitus is medically described as ringing or buzzing in the ears, but the sound has also been described as a click, or a hiss. Tinnitus is generally caused by prolonged exposure to loud noises. This is symptom occurs when the brain is aware that us not picking up any sound. 

 Since it is mainly caused by exposure to loud noises you can prevent it by using earplugs at work (that is if you work at a noisy place, such as a dance club or bar) and tuning loud devices to moderate volume. If you experience the symptoms with being exposed to loud noise, it shows you need to visit an audiologist urgently.

Tinnitus is not considered a disease on its own, but rather a symptom of a much larger issue, such as an ear infection or complication stemming from a previous head injury.

Having a hearing problem could be very bad, but as they say prevention is better than cure. It is better for you to treat the problem once you notice the signs and before it escalates.
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