Many will become concerned when they notice symptoms of hearing loss in them or in a loved one. Many who suffer from hearing loss will not want to admit they are experiencing problems. In children hearing loss can affect the way they perform at school both academically and socially. The best thing to do is to know the symptoms of hearing loss and seek medical evaluation.
Some signs and symptoms to look for when suspecting hearing loss is difficulty in understanding words, asking others to repeat what they said or to speak more slowly, withdrawal from conversations and avoiding social situations. If you feel that you have to turn up the television or the volume on your telephone you may be experiencing hearing loss.
Parents may first notice hearing loss symptoms in children by observation. Some symptoms of hearing loss in babies and small children include not having a startle response in a newborn. A baby should be able to recognize a parent’s voice after three months of age, the baby should be able to turn its head to the sound of noise by six months of age and the baby should produce words such as mama and dada by twelve months of age. As your baby grows into a child the symptoms of hearing loss or having difficulty learning, failing to respond to speech, turns up the volume on the television, not being attentive and has limited or no speech. Another possible sign that your child is having hearing problems is behavioral problems. The child may appear to not listen to the person in charge. Failing in school can be another sign with the older child. The child is not able to hear correctly so the child will fail to learn.
Adults may notice their own hearing loss. This can result in a denial of the problem. Many may be reluctant to admit to having hearing loss and seek help from a doctor. Many may even fear having to use a hearing aid. If you first notice symptoms of hearing loss it’s important to know that it could only be a temporary problem. Denial and depression can set in while suspecting a hearing loss problem. The most important thing an adult can do when they notice symptoms of hearing loss is to consult with their physician. The good news is modern medicine can surgically cure some types of hearing problems. Some adults will first suspect a hearing problem, when it sounds like everyone is mumbling and they can’t make out the words without looking at the person speaking. Not being able to hold a conversation with others can result in arguments and misunderstandings. Feeling like you have cotton balls stuffed in your ears maybe another sign of hearing loss or another ear problem. Another frequent sign of hearing loss is not being able to hold a conversation in a noisy environment. This could be the first clue to early hearing loss and prompt a visit to the doctor.
Hearing loss can be perceived on different levels. Some levels of hearing loss include mild hearing loss, high frequency hearing loss, moderate hearing loss and severe hearing loss. Hearing loss can be perceived as having ear muffs on are as bad as having your hands completely covering your ears. Some hearing loss can seem as you have swimmers ear plugs in your ears. Hearing loss can be very difficult for the person suffering from its problems. However, the good news is that there are many different treatments to help correct this problem.