signs of hearing loss

What is the First Sign of Hearing Loss?

Whether you’re dealing with hearing loss or it’s a loved one, a common question is, “what is the first sign of hearing loss?”. Unfortunately, the answer to that question is more complex than that; however, it’s not impossible to know if you or a loved one has hearing loss. According to an article by Starkey, hearing loss is more gradual than sudden. It takes time to notice the symptoms, worsening the condition before proper diagnosis and treatment. With this blog, we’ll help you identify the early signs and symptoms before hearing loss becomes more troublesome. 

Please note that the best way to identify hearing loss is to receive a hearing screening with a local audiologist. If you’re in the Atlanta area or in Starkville, MS, The Ear, Nose and Throat Institute provides that service quickly with same-day appointments. After the screening, treatment options, such as hearing aids, will be discussed. 

Signs of Hearing Loss 

  • Trouble understanding women and children 
  • Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
  • Keeping the volume too loud
  • People mumble
  • Asking people to speak up
  • Favoring one ear over the other 
  • Not enjoying social situations like before

Social Isolation 

Many times, people with hearing loss will no longer enjoy conversations in social gatherings. This is due to hearing loss and an inability to keep up with the conversation. Eventually, the person stops enjoying these events and will stop coming, isolating themselves from others. Isolation can lead to depression and anxiety. 

Please, keep track of these symptoms in you and your loved ones if you suspect hearing loss. From there, contact us at The ENT Institute by calling 770-740-1860 or filling out the form at the top of the page. For more information about us, fill out the form to the right. 

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