You’ve heard it all before or have you? Is your family complaining about your hearing?  Do they tell you they have to repeat themselves several times before you answer? Is your spouse complaining that you’re not paying attention?

You think, “They’re just mumbling!” or “’ They speak too soft!”  Not so fast!  It may be something more than just lack of attention going on or your family member’s speech patterns.

You could have hearing loss which affects 48 million people in the United States alone. Hearing loss most often occurs gradually but can also come on suddenly. When it occurs over a long period of time, you may not notice it at first.

I tell my customers, “It’s those around you that notice it first. You lose hearing at such a gradual pace that you don’t notice it.”

So, if your family and friends are complaining about your hearing, it’s time to get your hearing evaluated by a professional. When hearing loss comes on suddenly, it’s definitely more noticeable and concerning. In this case, call your physician immediately.

The Common Signs

Other signs of hearing loss include turning your television up loud, not hearing well on the telephone and having to ask others to repeat themselves often.

When your neighbors tell you they can hear your t.v., it’s time to get your hearing tested! 

Also, have you ever answered a question inappropriately because you didn’t hear it correctly? For example, your wife asks you “Where’s the cat?” and you answer “What hat?”. This is a sign of hearing loss and can be quite embarrassing if it happens a lot.

Difficulty hearing in noise is another warning sign of decreased hearing ability. For example, is it hard for you to follow a conversation when there’s more than 2 speakers?

Or do you avoid going to crowded places because you have difficulty hearing? If so, hearing loss may be the culprit.

Tinnitus and Hearing Loss

Last but certainly not least, is tinnitus. Tinnitus is another symptom of hearing loss. This is commonly described as a ringing, roaring, hissing or chirping sound in one or both ears.

This sound is not caused by an external source and other people can’t hear it. Tinnitus highly correlates to hearing loss. In fact, 50 million Americans have some form of tinnitus and 90% of those have some form of hearing loss

We Can Help

So, if you’re experiencing any of the above symptoms, it’s time to have a comprehensive hearing evaluation performed by a professional.

The professionals of Audiology On Call are on standby ready to come perform this service in the comfort of your home or office.  Don’t hesitate on your path to better hearing and better health!

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Stephany Sun, Au.D., CCC-A

Dr. Stephany Sun, Au.D. – Former Top Producing Factory Rep and Doctor of Audiology for the largest manufacturer of hearing aids in the world. Dr. Sun is the foremost expert in the selection of and fitting of amplification and assistive devices for the treatment of hearing loss. She uses the most advanced fitting strategies and hearing aid technology to ensure optimal speech understanding while improving user comfort and minimizing distracting background noise. There is no professional in the community with a higher level of expertise in these areas than Dr. Sun. She earned her Doctorate of Audiology from Salus University in 2007 and is a proud graduate of both UGA and Ole Miss. Dr. Sun has been serving the Atlanta area for over 15 years.