How does hearing loss affect quality of life?
Hearing loss interferes with the ability to communicate, negatively affecting relationships, school performance, job productivity and emotional well-being. Studies indicate that even mild hearing loss has been associated with an increased risk for diabetes, high blood pressure, incidence of stroke, psychiatric illnesses, mood disorders and poor social relationships (ASHA & Better Hearing Institute).
What are some signs of hearing loss?
- TV turned up louder than others enjoy
- Often ask people to repeat themselves
- Difficulty understanding speech
- Speech sounds muffled or dull
- Background noise interferes with understanding conversation
- Noises (ringing, buzzing or roaring) in the ears
- Frequent ear infections
- Friends or family are concerned about hearing status
- Failed hearing screening
- Avoidance of social situations
- Trouble hearing on the telephone
- Delayed speech / language development (in children)
- Inconsistent response to sounds
- Academic problems
- Dizziness / lightheadedness / spinning sensation
- Sudden drop in hearing in one or both ears
If you experience any of the above more than occasionally, you should contact an Audiologist for a hearing evaluation.