It’s perfectly natural to miss the occasional noise, mishear a name or have trouble keeping up with conversation in a noisy restaurant. But these could also be vital clues to your hearing health.
Hearing loss can creep up extremely slowly, often going unnoticed for years. This makes the early warning signs extremely important. But when does everyday hearing trouble end and treatable hearing loss begin?
Our partners at Connect Hearing have compiled this invaluable list of warning signs to watch out for.
If you have noticed the following problems, or suspected a loved one has struggled with the same, you can follow up on these concerns immediately – right here and now, from and from the comfort of your own home. Click here to take a quick, free online test.
At first, your hearing may seem fine, but the actual act of listening may feel a little more difficult. This increased effort in hearing is experienced particularly in busy public places with plenty of background noise.
If you find yourself feeling more exhausted in these situations, it may be a sign that your hearing needs attention. Early intervention can make an enormous difference to your long-term health, so it’s worth acting sooner rather than later.
Mild hearing loss can make it more difficult to pick up softer noises or keep up with conversations in loud environments.
If you find yourself unable to pick up words spoken far away or by people out of view, be sure to book that hearing test.
It’s worth noting that even at this stage, hearing loss can remain difficult to recognise. Certain frequencies could be muted while others are heard loud and clear. As human speech covers a wide spectrum, everyday words may sound subtly different and harder to understand.
At this stage, hearing any conversation at all can be difficult unless in a quiet environment.
No matter what the stage of hearing loss, these extra warning signs could also offer a clue something is amiss: