According to research, men are more likely to lose their hearing than women due to occupations and activities that expose them to excessive noise. This is so important because when left untreated, hearing loss can lead to a myriad of other severe health issues like dementia, increased risks of falling and accidents, and other serious mental health issues.
Symptoms of Hearing Loss
It can be very difficult to determine if you have experienced hearing loss as sometimes the changes can be gradual. According to Medline Plus, some symptoms of hearing loss can include:
- Sounds seeming louder in one ear or the other
- Trouble following conversations with more than one person
- Trouble hearing in noisy locations
- Difficulty discerning certain consonants (F sounds like S, P sounds like T)
- More trouble hearing women’s than men’s voices
- Voices seem slurred or mumbled
- Feeling dizzy or imbalanced
- Feeling pressure in your ear
- Tinnitus or ringing of the ears
Check out “How do I Know if I Have a Hearing Loss” for a more complete symptom guide.
How to Get Help
If you have experienced any of the symptoms listed above, if your hearing feels different, or if your friends or family have told you that your hearing has diminished, it is time to get your hearing tested. A hearing exam is a quick and painless way to determine if you have hearing loss and is a vital part of your annual wellness routine.
Preventing Further and Future Hearing Loss
Protecting your ears from future damage is a very important aspect of a healthy lifestyle. First and foremost, avoiding excessive noise when possible is the best option. If avoiding loud noises is impossible, then proper ear protection is absolutely necessary. Healthy Hearing suggests keeping hearing protection in places where you are susceptible to loud noise exposure like near power tools, hanging off the lawn mower, and in your car, so they are convenient to grab before loud activities like concerts.
Annual hearing exams should be added to your yearly health routine along with your physical and vision test. Keeping control of your health means eating right, getting regular exercise, and annual preventative health examinations.
Schedule an appointment with Dr. Kupfer today and take control of your hearing health.