The first symptoms of hearing loss aren’t always obvious. However, it’s important to know that most hearing losses get worse over time. The earlier a problem is detected and treated, the greater your chances of preventing further hearing loss – and getting the right treatment for you.
Studies show that untreated hearing loss can have mental, physical and psychological impacts*. Whether it happens suddenly or gradually over time, hearing loss can leave you feeling depressed and disconnected from the people around you. Straining to hear all day can make you feel frustrated and exhausted. Hearing loss is also linked to impaired memory, learning ability and job performance.
Most of the Baha users we meet usually share one regret – that they didn’t get help sooner. So learn to identify the early signs of hearing loss!
- have difficulty hearing conversations, especially with background noise?
- frequently ask people to repeat what they have said?
- misunderstand what people say?
- find it difficult to hear on the telephone?
- turn up the volume on the TV or radio louder than others in the room prefer?
- feel that people are mumbling when they talk?
- have difficulty hearing sounds of nature, such as birds or rain drops?
- find yourself agreeing or nodding your head during conversations when you’re not sure what’s been said?
- remove yourself from conversations because it’s too difficult to hear?
- read lips in order to understand what people are saying?
- find yourself straining to hear or keep up with conversations?
- experience tinnitus (a persistent ringing, buzzing or other sound)?
If you answer yes to several of these questions, you should contact your nearest clinic or a health professional.
* National Academy on an Aging Society, Hearing Loss: A Growing Problem that Affects the Quality of Life, December, 1999.