5 Subtle Signs

You Might Have Hearing Loss

1. Ears feel clogged

Sometimes this happens when there’s too much wax or fluid in your ears but if doctor tells your ears look clear, it’s a good idea to get a hearing test. Age-related hearing loss can make sounds seem dull or muffled, which may seem similar to a clogged feeling.

2. Can’t follow the conversation in noisy places

The background noise is generally low-pitched, while many letters in speech, such as “f” and “s,” are high-pitched. If you have trouble hearing the high tones and you stay in noise situation, you will hear the noise better than the speech of people around you. Age-related changes in how the brain processes sound can also make it harder to ignore background noise.

3. Exhausted after social events

When you can’t hear all the sounds of speech, your brain has to fill in the gaps to make sense of what others are saying. That takes a great deal of focus, especially when there’s more than one person speaking at a time. All this effort may leave you tired after social events.

4. Watching people’s lips instead of making eye contact

When one sense doesn’t work as well as it used to, the brain tries to make up for it by using more of another sense — in this case, eyesight. Picture the shape of someone’s lips when saying “f” or “p” — you can “see” these sounds even if you can’t hear them. This may lead you to shift your eyes to the speaker’s mouth when you’re having trouble hearing.

5. The volume on TV keeps creeping up

Television shows tend to mix together dialogue, sound effects, and music. When you hear bass tones better than high tones, the music and effects can drown out parts of the speech. So to make out what the characters are saying, you may crank up the volume. If others in your house complain that the TV is too loud, it’s time to get your hearing checked.

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