If you are concerned that you may be dealing with hearing loss, you are in the right place. Understanding the signs of hearing loss is important because it enables you to seek much-needed treatment from your local audiologist. There are a number of early signs that indicate you are dealing with hearing loss and even changes in your behavior that you may recognize. Some of the things that you may notice include:

  • Feeling as if people are mumbling or speaking very softly, even when they're not.
  • You're asking people to repeat themselves far more than you used to.
  • You prefer to have the devices in your home as loud as possible compared to your friends and family.
  • You find it hard to understand people on the phone.
  • You're more withdrawn than usual
  • You're straining to hear conversations when you are in a group environment
  • You need to see people's faces when they speak

If you are developing hearing loss, speech can sound loud enough but will lack clarity during a normal conversation. This means that your ability to understand what people are saying is compromised, and it's more noticeable when you are listening to conversation in background noises or when the distance between you and the person speaking to you is greater.

What will hearing aids do?

While spectacles will make you see better, hearing aids won't correct your hearing to normal levels. The way that they work is to amplify sound in a range of particular pitches so that the range where the hearing loss exists allows you to hear better. While hearing aid technology remains to be excellent, you will find that they aren't a magic cure: they're there to "aid" your hearing. You still have to employ the right strategies to hear those around you, and you can get that help with lip reading, sign language and more.

Will I need one or two hearing aids?

Hearing loss may exist in both ears, and if so, there is more of a benefit to have a hearing aid in both ears. You can speak to your audiologist about whether you will need one or two! Just like wearing glasses, you may need a hearing aid in one ear and not the other, and there are always exceptions to the rule. This is something that you can discuss with your audiologist.

Benefits of hearing aids

If you do go ahead and have a test with your audiologist for hearing aids, you need to think about the benefits of having hearing aids to assist your hearing. These include:

  • Improved ability to understand speech in crowded environments
  • A reduction in feedback in your hearing aids, allowing you to hear without whistling
  • You are spending less time straining to hear others, so you are less tired by the end of the day
  • A better ability to locate sound and its sources.