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April 11, 2017

Unsure about whether you might be suffering from hearing loss? Think you might be in need of a hearing aid? You’re not alone. Hearing loss affects 1 in 5 Americans and can come on so gradually that it can be difficult to tell whether or not you’ve truly got a hearing problem. This is especially true for age-related hearing loss, which is one of the two most common kinds of hearing loss.

Gradual symptoms and a reluctance to acknowledge those symptoms – since hearing loss is often symbolic of the aging process for many people – mean that many people delay getting the treatment they need. Additionally, many people are afraid to wear hearing aids because they think of hearing aids as the bulky, ugly devices that were common in the early years of modern hearing aid development.

As a result, it takes people an average of seven years from the time they first think they might have hearing loss to the time when they finally get a diagnosis. But getting treatment earlier can save you an enormous amount of frustration and time in the future, and you might be pleasantly surprised at the range of modern options available for treating your hearing. So, if you’re struggling to decide whether or not you’ve really got a hearing problem, we’ve collected a list of common signs and symptoms of hearing loss to help you out.

Signs and Symptoms of Hearing Loss

  • Having to ask people to repeat themselves frequently
  • Difficulty following group conversations
  • Difficulty hearing in crowded or noisy situations, like malls or restaurants
  • Turning the TV or radio up loud enough that other people complain
  • Difficulty hearing women and/or children speaking
  • Trying to read lips or watching people’s faces intently while talking
  • Thinking other people sound like they’re mumbling a lot
  • Experiencing ringing in the ears
  • Feeling stressed out from straining to hear
  • Feeling annoyed because of the inability to hear others
  • Feeling embarrassed from misunderstanding conversations
  • Avoiding social situations because of hearing-related concerns
  • “Bluffing” through conversations

Also, you may be more likely to suffer from hearing loss if you have a family history of hearing loss, take ototoxic (ear-damaging) medications, have diabetes, thyroid, or heart problems, or have a history of exposure to very loud noises over a long period of time.

If you think you might be suffering from hearing loss, contact Dr. Joseph Duran at New Generation Hearing Centers for a consultation and hearing loss screening. New Generation Hearing Centers is a leading hearing loss treatment center in Miami and specializes in cutting-edge hearing aid technology.