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Should You Get an Audiogram? How to Detect Early Signs of Hearing Loss


November 2, 2015

Are you straining to hear conversation in a crowded room? Have you accidentally slept through an alarm clock? These can be signs of hearing loss that may inspire you to get an audiogram. Hearing loss isn’t always present at birth and can develop later in life, especially if you are constantly exposed to noisy environments like concerts, factories, and construction. Let’s examine early signs of hearing loss to help you determine if you are experiencing them:
 
1. Trouble hearing certain devices 

It’s one thing to hit the snooze button and roll over to go back to sleep, but it’s another to consistently sleep through an alarm clock. Maybe you’re at a movie theater and having trouble understanding what’s going on. These are surefire signs that you’re struggling to pick up on certain frequencies, as these devices are designed to be audible.
 
2. You can hear, but you can’t understand certain conversations
 
Have you ever been at a concert and your pal right beside you tries to tell you something, but you can’t understand over competing voices and noises? It’s not uncommon to miss a couple of words here and there at a bar, but it’s time to schedule a hearing test if you can’t hear in quiet places and have to frequently ask people to repeat what they just said.
 
3. You’re experiencing ear pain, itching, or irritation
 
If you’re experiencing pain or pressure in your ears, it’s possible that you may have an ear infection. Though fairly common and extremely treatable, ear infections occur in the middle of the ear and can lead to hearing loss. There are a number of other surprising factors that can cause irritability in your ears such as obesity, exposure to loud noises, smoking, and even frequently taking Aspirin and Advil. Hearing loss can be genetic as well, but in order to ensure that your ears are healthy, take breaks during concerts and avoid exposure to loud stimuli for long periods of time. Hearing maintenance is crucial in preventing hearing loss.
 
4. Loss of balance
 
If you’re having trouble walking in a straight line or are feeling faint and dizzy out of the blue, you may want to get a hearing loss test. Loss of balance can be related to acoustic neuroma and Meniere’s disease, which causes pressure in the ears as well as vertigo and dizziness.
 
5. Avoiding social situations and interaction
 
It can be hard admitting that you are having difficulties hearing, especially if you are in perfectly healthy condition and relatively young. Hearing loss can make you shy away from conversations and making social situations uncomfortable, especially if you are having to converse with more than one person.
 
Resonance Hearing Aids can help steer you in the right direction and schedule audiograms to help you determine if you’ve experienced hearing loss. Fill out this simple form to receive a complimentary map of hearing test providers in your area!