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What are some subtle signs of hearing loss?

On Behalf of | Dec 6, 2023 | Personal Injury

Hearing loss is an issue that often happens in subtle ways after an accident. While many may associate it with aging, the truth is that hearing loss can happen at other times in your life as well.

Recognizing these signs is important for you after a sudden accident or personal injury.

Volume issues

One of the initial signs of hearing loss can be a constant need to increase the volume of electronic devices. If you find yourself regularly turning up the TV or radio to a level that seems too loud for those around you, it might be time to consider the possibility of hearing impairment.

Misspoken words

A telltale sign is repeatedly misunderstanding what others are saying, especially in noisy environments. If you find yourself frequently asking people to repeat themselves or feeling lost in group conversations, it could be an early indicator of hearing loss.

Social withdrawal

Hearing loss can inadvertently lead to social isolation. Struggling to hear and participate in conversations might make you hesitant to engage in social activities, leading to a gradual withdrawal from friends and family. Pay attention if you suddenly become more reserved or reluctant to join group gatherings.

Exhaustion after conversations

Concentrating on understanding speech can be physically and mentally draining for those with hearing loss. If you notice an unusual level of fatigue after participating in conversations, it might be a subtle sign of straining to hear and comprehend.

Ringing in the ears

While not always associated with hearing loss, a persistent ringing or buzzing sound in the ears, known as tinnitus, can be a subtle indicator. It is important to recognize that tinnitus, combined with other signs, could point to underlying hearing issues.

Difficulty with phone conversations

Struggling to hear clearly on the phone can be a unique challenge for those with hearing loss. If you find yourself avoiding phone calls or experiencing increased difficulty in understanding the person on the other end, it may be time to consider a hearing check-up.

48 million American adults have at least some problems with hearing loss. Recognizing these signs early on after a personal injury is important so you can seek professional help and implement strategies to manage hearing loss effectively.