You know what it’s like to attempt to ignore a toothache? They can be quite tough. Eventually, you’re unquestionably begging to go see a dentist. And when your eyesight starts to blur it’s the same. You’ll most likely call an ophthalmologist when you begin to have trouble reading street signs. But the concern is, when your hearing starts to go you might not show as much urgency.
This would probably be an oversight. Untreated hearing loss can be the reason for considerable health issues (specifically mental problems). Regrettably, it’s pretty hard to address your diminishing hearing if you aren’t aware of it. And that’s problem number two.
Indications You Might Have Hearing Loss
We normally take our hearing for granted. A loud performance? No biggie. Blasting ear pods? You like to listen to your podcasts like this. But your overall hearing will be substantially affected by all of these decisions, particularly over time.
It can, regrettably, be hard to detect these impacts. The indications of hearing loss can be virtually invisible because they creep up so slowly over time. That’s why it’s a smart idea to know some primary red flags (and to make sure you don’t ignore them):
- It’s challenging to follow conversations in loud or crowded environments
- You have an especially difficult time hearing consonants when listening to casual speech
- Your short term memory tends to suddenly fail now and then
- You keep turning up the volume on your television, car stereo, or your smartphone
- You can’t maintain a set of earbuds because you keep blowing the speakers
- Distorted or muffled sounding speech from individuals around you (co-workers, family, friends)
- You have a hard time falling asleep at night and feel exhausted for no apparent reason
- You regularly have to ask people to repeat themselves
It’s pretty well recognized what these red flags and signs indicate. If your loss of hearing comes on particularly gradually, your brain will immediately start compensating for any hearing loss that occurs, making you somewhat unaware, at first, to your symptoms. That’s why all of these warning symptoms should be taken seriously, which means you should make an appointment to see your hearing professional.
If You Ignore Your Hearing Loss, What’s Going Happen?
Indeed, some individuals are very obstinate. Or the idea of wearing hearing aids is simply too undesirable. They assume that wearing hearing aids makes them look old. But that isn’t actually the situation (the majority of hearing aids can be very discreet, and being capable of conversing fluently is a benefit, too).
Still, if you ignore hearing loss it may lead to numerous problems:
- You could cause your hearing to worsen: If you don’t utilize hearing aids or increased ear protection, you’ll keep turning the volume on your television up. Or you’ll keep going to rock concerts without any earplugs. Which means you’ll keep doing damage to your ears and your hearing will almost certainly continue to decline because of it.
- Your relationships could fray: There’s something that takes place when you have a difficult time understanding your friends and family: you start having fewer conversations with them. You stop saying hi, you stop checking in, you distance yourself. Some of those relationships will be damaged, especially if the issue is hearing loss that you have kept secret (and not some unexpressed animosity).
- You could go through cognitive decline and depression: You might begin to notice symptoms of depression as your relationships fizzle and going out gets harder. You may also start to experience some cognitive decline if your brain doesn’t receive the auditory activation that it’s used to, your neural physiology begins to experience certain changes. This can bring about long term cognitive difficulties if your hearing loss isn’t treated.
Don’t Ignore Your Hearing Loss
In the future, clearly, bigger and more substantial problems can be brought about by hearing loss. Conversely, your quality of life can be considerably improved by recognizing and managing your hearing loss. Your daily life is more full and your relationships get better when you begin to hear better. And your overall health will be improved by seeing a hearing specialist or at least downloading a noise monitoring app.
You absolutely shouldn’t ignore the health problem of hearing loss. A happier life begins when you find the right treatment. Don’t wait until the proverbial toothache becomes too painful to ignore.