Ask the Experts: What Are Some Early Warning Signs of Hearing Loss?
Q: What are some early warning signs of hearing loss?
A: Hearing loss can be insidious, slow, and progressive; therefore, it oftentimes goes unnoticed. Here are some early signs to watch for.
• Difficulty hearing others in background noise.
• Difficulty hearing children’s and women’s voices.
• Asking others to repeat what they’re saying.
• Turning up the television louder than others prefer.
• Difficulty hearing on the telephone.
• Putting the cell phone on speaker becomes easier to hear than listening with it on the ear.
• Asking others to speak clearly.
• Noticing that it’s difficult to hear others when they speak fast.
• Sounds are muffled and dull.
It’s important to establish a baseline and monitor one’s hearing to keep your ears healthy.
—Roselynn Gamboa Young, Doctor of Audiology
Roseville Diagnostic Hearing Center, 1411 Secret Ravine Parkway, Suite 120, Roseville, 916-780-4200, rosevillediagnostichearingcenter.com
BY EMILY PETER-COREY