Hearing loss is common and it can negatively impact your life if you don’t address it and find a solution. Approximately one in four Americans between the ages of 65 and 74 have hearing loss and that number increases to one in two over age 75. Minor hearing loss may simply frustrate you, but if you don’t get treatment it could progress and pose a risk to your well-being.
Here are five signs it’s time to see your doctor about hearing loss:
1. It Sounds Like Everyone is Mumbling
You are constantly asking your friends and family, “what did you say? Can you repeat that?” You may feel like everyone around you is mumbling. A common type of hearing loss is the inability to hear high-pitched sounds. This may particularly impact your understanding of women and children’s speech. If you constantly feel like all the voices around you are muffled, you should have your hearing checked.
2. You Crank the Volume Excessively
When guests visit your home, they are surprised at how loud you have your television and radio, but you need the volume turned up high in order to hear. If a normal volume for you is excessively loud for many others, you should talk to your doctor.
3. Background Noise Bothers You
When you’re in a noisy environment, it’s harder for you to hear what one person is saying. If background noise makes it nearly impossible to carry on a conversation, it’s time to investigate potential hearing loss.
4. You Need to Look at Someone’s Face When They Speak
Do you have trouble clearly hearing what someone says from another room? One of the primary signs of hearing loss is the inability to understand speech without watching the speaker’s lips moving.
5. You Begin to Avoid Social Settings and Stop Starting Conversations
Eventually, hearing loss can take a toll on your mental and emotional state. You may start to avoid attending social gatherings or family outings. You might stop initiating conversations. This can contribute to depression and cognitive decline. Also, hearing loss can make it hard for you to hear alarms and this compromises your safety as well.
See your doctor for an assessment or to get a referral for an appointment with a hearing specialist. Medicare Part B may cover the initial diagnostic exam if it’s recommended by your doctor, but you will need supplemental insurance for financial help in paying for hearing aids. Talk to My Senior Health Plan today about what your current insurance plan pays for when it comes to hearing exams and get treatment for hearing loss at a price you can afford.