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Hearing loss is widely recognized to be a process that develops gradually. It can be quite subtle for this very reason. Your hearing gets worse not in big leaps but by tiny steps. So if you’re not paying close attention, it can be challenging to track the decline in your hearing. That’s why identifying the first signs of age-related hearing loss can be a big boost for your ear-defense.

An entire variety of related issues, such as anxiety, depression, and even dementia, can result from untreated hearing loss, so although it’s difficult to notice, it’s important to get hearing loss treated as early as you can. Prompt treatment can also help you safeguard your present hearing levels. The best way to ensure treatment is to recognize the early warning signs as they are present.

It can be challenging to observe early signs of hearing loss

Early hearing loss has subtle symptoms. It isn’t like you get up one morning and, very suddenly, you can’t hear anything lower than 65 decibels. The symptoms, instead, become folded into your everyday lives.

The human body and brain, you see, are amazingly adaptable. Your brain will begin to compensate when your hearing begins to go and can make use of other clues to figure out what people are saying. Maybe you unconsciously start to tilt your head to the right when your hearing starts to go on the left side.

But there’s only so much compensation that your brain can achieve.

Age related hearing loss – initial signs

There are some well known signs to look out for if you think that you or a family member might be experiencing the beginning of age associated hearing loss:

  • You can’t tell the difference between “s” and “th” sounds now: There’s something about the wavelength that these sounds vibrate on that can make them particularly hard to hear when your ears aren’t at their peak. The same goes for other consonants as well, but you should particularly pay attention to those “s” and “th” sounds.
  • A tough time hearing in crowded spaces: Distinguishing individual voices in a crowded space is one of the things that the brain is very good at. But as your hearing worsens, your brain has less information to work with. Hearing in a crowded space can quickly become overwhelming. Getting a hearing test is the best option if you find yourself steering clear of more conversations because you’re having a tough time following along.
  • You regularly find yourself asking people to repeat themselves: This might be surprising. But, typically, you won’t recognize you’re doing it. Naturally, if you have a hard time hearing something, you will ask people to repeat themselves. When this begins to happen more often, it should raise some red flags about your ears.
  • Boosted volume on the TV, radio, or cell phone: This is probably the single most recognized sign of hearing loss. It’s classically known and cited. But it’s also extremely obvious and trackable. If you’re constantly turning up the volume, that’s a sign that you’re not hearing as well as you used to.

You should also watch for these more subtle signs

Some subtle signs of hearing loss seem like they don’t have anything at all to do with your hearing. These signs can be strong indicators that your ears are struggling even though they’re subtle.

  • Difficulty concentrating: If your brain is having to devote more energy to hearing, you could have less concentration energy available to accomplish your daily routines. You may find yourself with concentration issues as a result.
  • Restless nights: Ironically, another indication of hearing loss is insomnia. It seems like it would be easier to sleep when it’s quiet, but you go into a chronic state of restless alertness when you’re always straining to hear.
  • Chronic headaches: Your ears will still be struggling to hear even as your hearing is declining. They’re doing hard work. And straining like this over extended periods can trigger chronic headaches.

It’s a smart plan to get in touch with us for a hearing exam if you’re experiencing any of these age related signs of hearing loss. Then we can help you safeguard your hearing with the right treatment plan.

Hearing loss is a slow-moving process. With the correct knowledge, you can stay ahead of it.

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