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Did you know that four million people in the UK suffer from undiagnosed hearing loss? Only two million people in the UK wear a hearing aid, meaning a massive two thirds of people haven’t been diagnosed and treated properly.
So, how do you know if you’re going deaf or losing your hearing? Let’s take a look at some of the warning signs:
- Having the TV or radio turned up too loud
- Struggling to follow conversations
- Asking people to repeat themselves
- Muffled hearing
- Becoming withdrawn or isolated
- Difficulty in hearing background sound
- Missing phone calls or the doorbell
- Head turns so that ear faces source of sound
- Upset when confronted about hearing problems
In a lot of cases, someone else may recognise your symptoms before you notice it for yourself.
If you’re having trouble hearing background noises and turning your TV or radio up as a result, chances are that you’re starting to lose your hearing. You may not even realise you have the volume up so loud until someone points it out to you – usually with a shocked or surprised expression on their face or in the tone of their voice.
During conversation, if you’re commonly asking people to repeat themselves and/or struggling to follow what is being said, this is a big sign that you may need to get a hearing test. Of course, if it’s just one person you struggle to hear, then this may just be something to do with their speech – if it’s a regular occurrence with a range of people, then there is cause for concern.
Turning your head so that your ear is pointing towards the source of sound – whether this be someone talking, the TV or anything else, is one of the most blatant signs of deafness. Directing your ear towards sound is great for hearing it better, but you shouldn’t need to do this, and over time this will also become ineffective.
If you have consistently muffled hearing, then you should know that something is wrong. Everything will sound distorted and quiet – perhaps like your ears are being covered.
If you experience any of the above symptoms, either on their own or in conjunction with other symptoms, please contact us.
More About Hearing Loss
You can find out more about hearing loss by going to our hearing loss advice centre.