Do You Have Hearing Loss?
Exploring the possibility that your hearing may be impaired is an important step you’ve taken. Now we’d like to help as you move toward a complete discovery of our second sense, and ultimately, improved hearing health.
Let’s diagnose this possibility a few different ways:
First, when you think about the symptoms of hearing loss, what comes to mind? The most common include:
- A television that is often too loud
- Being told by others that you have hearing loss
- Confusing words or misunderstanding conversations
- Difficulty hearing in groups
If one or more of these apply to you, you’re not alone. These symptoms apply to 32 million Americans and are clear indications of needing a hearing evaluation.
But let’s go a step further and talk about symptoms that are often so subtle, they go unnoticed. How many of these statements apply to you?
I only have difficulty hearing in crowds.
This indicates a possible high-frequency hearing loss. With this type of loss, you can hear well in one-on-one situations and even in small groups. But any type of distracting noise becomes louder than the voices you’re trying to hear.
I only have difficulty hearing female voices.
Again, this indicates a high-frequency hearing loss. A majority of speech (especially female and children's voices) lie in this range.
I hear well, but have a problem understanding.
Did you realize that different letters all have unique frequencies when spoken? For example, most consonant sounds are high in pitch. When certain frequencies are filtered due to hearing loss, speech can become indiscernible.