Hearing loss is a far bigger problem than many people realize. Because hearing loss doesn’t discriminate, it can occur in newborns, children, young adults and the elderly. In addition to affecting individuals of any age, hearing loss often occurs gradually, making it more difficult to recognize on your own. The following symptoms below indicate you may have a problem with hearing loss and should visit a hearing care provider in your area.

Do you have a high-risk lifestyle?

Unfortunately, in this day and age, it is quite difficult to completely avoid situations that could damage your hearing. Music (more importantly, the way we listen to music) can pose a huge threat to the health of our hearing. If you regularly listen to music loudly, at home, through headphones or in your car, you could be damaging your hearing without realizing it.

Additionally, many professions are associated with hearing loss, especially the industrial, construction and military fields. If you work in a high-risk job, it’s more likely you’re being exposed to noise-induced hearing loss than other individuals.

Do you struggle to hear during group conversations?

If you find you are having difficulty following group conversations, you could be experiencing hearing loss. Problems with speech recognition are usually not as noticeable in a one-to-one setting, as the other speaker can be the focus of your undivided attention. However, group conversations make it difficult to track which sound you should be listening to. Do you find yourself ‘tuning out’ of the conversation when there are multiple people talking? It might be time to get your hearing checked out.

Do other people tell you to turn it down?

If you find that other people frequently remark that you have the television or the radio on too high a volume, it could be a sign that you are struggling to hear them at a normal volume setting. The next time somebody points this out, consider whether or not the volume seems normal to you before turning it down. If you can’t detect any problem with it, but they can, it would be wise to get your hearing tested.

Do you have ringing in your ears?

Occasional or frequent ringing in the ears is a condition referred to as tinnitus. Tinnitus occurs when the tiny hair-like cells in your inner ear become damaged. If you have ever experienced tinnitus, even infrequently, it is a strong sign that your hearing has been damaged as well. This may only be very subtle, but the more frequently this happens, the worse the damage is likely to be. If this affects you, book an appointment with a hearing care provider in your area today.

Hearing loss can feel like a lonely condition if you don’t seek treatment for it. Individuals with untreated hearing loss often suffer from depression, anxiety and social withdrawal. If you suspect even a minor hearing loss, schedule an appointment with a hearing care specialist and get the care you deserve today.