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Often, people may ignore the signs that they have suffered hearing loss. However, early detection of hearing loss can help ensure that a person lives a full and enjoyable life by allowing early correction of the problem. There are many hearing aids available that are both discrete and powerful enough to correct most hearing issues. Here are a few signs that you may need a hearing aid:
You find yourself trying to read the lips of the person with whom you're talking.
If you notice that as you are engaged in a conversation, you are having trouble discerning what the person is saying and stare constantly at the person's mouth, you should have your hearing checked. Sometimes, without realizing it, you may try to compensate for hearing loss by watching the formation of the speaking person's lips.
You have turned the speaker of your telephone up to the highest level.
If you are unable to hear a phone conversation without turning the phone volume up to the highest level, you may have suffered hearing loss. You may not even notice how loud the volume is set until someone else uses the same phone.
In noisy public places, you cannot hear the people accompanying you.
If you visit a restaurant or a mall with friends or family members and find it hard to make out what they are saying due to the noisy environment, there may be a problem with your hearing. This may be especially apparent if everyone else in the group has no trouble discerning what is being said. Some hearing aids offer noise reduction abilities that allow the microphone of the device to pick up sound that is coming from certain directions while reducing environmental noise.
You feel as though everyone around you mutters.
If it seems that everyone with whom you speak mumbles or mutters, it may not be a problem with the person's speech pattern. It could be a problem with your hearing. It may also seem that you are constantly misunderstanding what others are saying.
You are able to hear low tones easily but high tones seem to be inaudible.
If you notice that you can clearly hear someone who has a deep voice but have trouble understanding young children, such as your grand-kids, you may have hearing loss. When your ears are checked to determine whether or not a hearing aid is suitable for you, a wide range of frequencies will be tested. Sometimes, a person can hear certain tones clearly, but he or she may need the assistance of a hearing aid to hear sounds that fall within a different frequency range.
To have your hearing checked, schedule an appointment with a hearing specialist in your area.