Hearing loss can be a very serious medical problem. After all, hearing is one of the five primary senses that we use to interpret our environment. Life can become much more complicated and difficult if hearing loss occurs.

Because of this, it is a good idea to know the signs and symptoms of hearing loss. Knowing what to look for in terms of hearing loss can help you detect it and get treated for it early. This potentially can help prevent the loss from worsening.

So, here are some of the top signs and symptoms of hearing loss.

1. People tell you you’re shouting frequently

If people are constantly telling you that you are shouting, then it can be a strong indicator that you have experienced some hearing loss. The reason is because it means that speaking at a higher volume now seems normal to you. That usually only occurs if some degree of hearing loss has taken place.

2. You ask “what?” a lot 

If you don’t know that you have hearing loss, then you may just think that people are speaking too quietly, or are not being clear enough. This may be true for a few people whom you speak with. However, if you find it difficult to hear most of the people you speak with, and you have to keep asking for clarification, this can be a strong indication of hearing loss.

3. Sleeping through your alarm clock

Alarm clocks are usually loud enough for the average person to be woken up by them. So, if you are frequently sleeping right through your alarm, then this can definitely be an indication of hearing loss. 

4. You turn up the volume a lot

People who do not have hearing loss typically do not have a need to turn the volume up to high levels in order to hear properly. This can include the volume on televisions, computers, car radios, cell phones etc. If you find yourself continuously raising the volume levels of your devices, it could be a major sign of hearing loss.

Hearing loss is often difficult for many individuals to detect themselves because it usually occurs gradually. If you notice any the above symptoms interfering with your everyday life, schedule an appointment with an audiologist in your area. The audiologist will be able to diagnose your hearing loss and recommend the best course of treatment to improve not only your hearing, but your quality of life!