How to Spot the Signs You Need a Hearing Test

January 24, 2023

Hearing loss is a common issue affecting millions of people worldwide. In fact, studies have shown that roughly 1 in 3 people between the ages of 65 and 74 have some form of hearing loss. This number increases to approximately 1 in 2 for those over 75. 

Several factors can contribute to hearing loss, including genetics, exposure to loud noises, and certain medical conditions. In many cases, hearing loss results from a combination of these factors.

Hearing loss is often difficult to detect because it can happen gradually over time. As a result, you may only realize that you're having difficulty hearing once the problem has become more severe. In some cases, people with hearing loss may not even realize that they have a problem, as they may have become accustomed to the subtle changes in their hearing ability.

So, how do you know if you need a hearing test? Here are a few signs to look out for:

You like the television or radio louder than most.

It could indicate difficulty hearing if you constantly turn up the volume on your TV or radio.

You're really finding it hard to understand speech.

If you're having trouble following conversations, especially in noisy environments, it could signify that your hearing isn't as sharp as it used to be.

It sounds like everyone around you is mumbling.

If people speak too softly or their words run together, it could be a sign that your hearing is impaired.

Background noise is a tricky problem.

If you have trouble following conversations in places with a lot of background noise, such as a restaurant or a party, it could be a sign that you need a hearing test.

Different people talking at the same time is hard to handle.

Suppose you need help keeping track of multiple people speaking simultaneously. In that case, it could signal that your hearing is sharper than it used to be.

You leave social situations really tired.

If you find that you get tired quickly in a noisy or crowded environment, it could be a sign that your hearing is struggling to keep up.

Everyday sounds are missed.

If you're missing out on everyday sounds, like the doorbell or the phone ringing, it could be a sign that you need a hearing test.

You're struggling with your mental or emotional health.

Hearing loss can lead to isolation and depression, making it challenging to participate in social activities and connect with others. If you're feeling lonely or down, it could signal that you need a hearing test.

Family members are making comments on your hearing.

If your loved ones constantly tell you that you need a hearing test, it's worth paying attention to their concerns.

What is involved in a hearing test? 

A hearing test is a simple, non-invasive process to assess your hearing ability. During the trial, you'll be asked to wear headphones and listen to a series of tones at different volumes and pitches. The test results will help us determine whether you have hearing loss and, if so, to what extent.

Recent hearing aid developments

There have been numerous advancements in hearing aid technology in recent years, making it easier for people with hearing loss to listen and communicate more effectively.

One of the most significant advancements in hearing aid technology is the development of wireless hearing aids. These devices use Bluetooth technology to connect to other devices, such as phones and televisions, allowing users to hear the sound more clearly. They can also connect to smartphone apps, which can adjust the settings on the hearing aids and track their usage.

Another advancement in hearing aid technology is the development of artificial intelligence (AI) hearing aids. These devices use AI algorithms to analyze and adapt to the user's listening environment in real-time, which can help to improve speech understanding and reduce background noise.

Overall, these advancements in hearing aid technology have made it easier for people with hearing loss to communicate and connect with others and have greatly improved the quality of life for many individuals.

We encourage you to contact our practice if you're considering getting a hearing test — with Anywhere Audiology, our Audiologists can come to you! Early treatment can make a huge difference in your quality of life and help you reconnect with your loved ones in 2023 and beyond. Don't let hearing loss hinder your plans this year– take control of your hearing health and get the treatment you need.