How can you detect hearing loss on your own in time?

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Hearing loss not only directly affects people’s communication, but also has a huge impact on all aspects of life, study, employment and social interaction, placing a heavy burden on families and society. As the saying goes: "Prevention is better than cure." Hearing loss is not inevitable. Finding the cause in time and preventing it can effectively intervene.

Hearing damage is not easy to detect in the initial stage, so many good opportunities for hearing treatment will be missed. So how should we judge whether we have hearing damage in our daily life?

How can I detect hearing loss in time?

In fact, hearing loss is traceable. If the following phenomena appear often or frequently in your life, then you may already have hearing loss. It is recommended that you have a hearing test as soon as possible:

1. When talking to others, you unconsciously raise your voice, and the interlocutor often feels that your voice is loud.
2. When you usually use your mobile phone or watch TV at home, if you turn the sound louder and louder, your family or neighbors will complain a little.

3. Frequently ask the interlocutor to repeat the conversation content, and unconsciously get closer to the interlocutor, so as to make the conversation smoother.
4. Try to avoid communicating on the phone, be afraid of communicating with strangers, and don’t like to participate in some social activities, because in this case, you usually can’t hear what the other party is saying.
5. When there are many people or the environment is very noisy, such as at a party or when many people are discussing in a meeting, the conversation cannot be heard clearly.
6. It is often more difficult to hear the voices of women and children.
7. During conversations, I like to face each other face to face. By observing the other person’s mouth shape and facial expressions, I can hear more clearly and understand the content of the conversation better.

8. When others ask questions, the answers may be incorrect, causing some embarrassment.

For adults and the elderly, when hearing loss reachesModerate (35-50dB HL) or above, timely hearing aid intervention is recommended. During our normal daily conversations, the volume is generally between 40 and 60 decibels. Therefore, patients with moderate hearing loss may not be able to hear the conversation clearly in a quiet environment, and in a noisy environment, there will be certain difficulties during the conversation.
Hearing loss will bring a lot of communication inconvenience to teenagers who are in the critical period of learning and adults in the critical period of their careers, which will affect normal study and work, leading to poor academic performance and poor work. If things go on like this, it will also affect the harmony of social and family relationships. Severe cases may also increase the incidence of mental illnesses such as depression.

Hearing loss has many impacts on the elderly. The safety hazard of not being able to hear the loudspeaker clearly, the increased risk of falling when walking due to hearing loss, the decreased verbal communication skills and cognitive function caused by lack of communication, and even increase the risk of depression and Alzheimer's disease.

Hearing problems should not be underestimated. They will gradually accumulate over time. The more untreated and unintervened the hearing loss may become, the more serious it will become. Therefore, when you find yourself experiencing hearing symptoms, you need to seek medical attention as soon as possible and find a professional otolaryngologist for examination and diagnosis to prevent further damage to your hearing.