May is here! Well, technically speaking it has been here for a few weeks and is now almost over. But never mind that. May is here! And with that comes Better Hearing & Speech Month.
This month-long event was created by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) more than 90 years ago. Over the years it has grown into a national event, helping people all over the country learn more about hearing loss and speech disorders. It has also turned into the perfect time to look inward and really reflect on your own hearing health. Could you be one of the 48 million people in St. George and around the country with hearing loss?
Below are the top five symptoms of hearing loss you should be on the lookout for.
Frequently asking people to repeat themselves.
It can be incredibly frustrating to constantly miss parts of the conversation. In order to compensate for the missing pieces, you will probably find yourself asking others to repeat themselves. This can grow tiring for everyone, not just you. Contact your St. George audiologist for information on hearing aids today to help alleviate the burden you are placing on your friends and family.
Feeling like others mumble when they speak.
A very common complaint heard by Mesquite area audiologists is that all of a sudden, people have started to mumble. While we don’t want to out rightly discount the idea everyone has become a mumbler, there is a more plausible theory – you are experiencing hearing loss. Hearing loss makes it harder for you to hear others, especially women and children.
Having trouble following conversations with background noise.
Having a conversation in a loud restaurant is harder than chatting in a quiet café. This is because of the background noise. The brains of those with hearing loss have to work harder to distinguish speech from sounds. This can lead to both mental and physical exhaustion.
Turning the volume on the television or radio up.
When you have hearing loss, you probably don’t even notice you are turning up the volume of the television or radio in order to hear it. But I can tell you what, anyone who turns on the device after you sure does notice. To avoid blowing our your loved ones’ eardrums, contact your Cedar City audiologist.
Avoiding social gatherings.
Untreated hearing loss can affect more than just your ability to hear; it can increase your feelings of depression, anxiety and loneliness. These feelings are often escalated when those with hearing loss begin to turn down invitations to social events, as it is easier to stay home than to deal with the frustration that comes from trying to communicate with others.
Don’t let Better Hearing & Speech Month pass you by without taking the message to heart. If you think there is a chance you may have hearing loss, now is the time to do something about it. Contact your Mesquite audiologist today to get started.