Hearing loss usually develops gradually that you don’t notice the loss of these subtle everyday sounds. Someone with hearing loss will only realize how much they have been missing once they get help.
For adults, below symptoms could be taken as warning sign…
- You hear people speaking but you have to strain to understand their words.
- You frequently complain that people mumble.
- You find it harder to hear in public gatherings.
- You play the TV or radio louder than your friends, spouse and relatives.
- You don’t always hear the doorbell or the telephone ringing.
- You frequently ask people to repeat what they said.
- You find that looking at people when they speak to you makes it easier to understand.
- You talk loudly.
- You find it difficult to distinguish speech from other sounds and noises.
If you have any of these symptoms, you should see an audiologist for hearing assessment. A hearing assessment allows the audiologist to determine the nature and degree of your hearing loss, and it tells the audiologist how well or how poorly you understand speech. A thorough investigation also includes a comprehensive case history (interview) as well as visual inspection of the ear canals and eardrum. The results of the hearing evaluation are useful to the physician should the audiologist conclude that your hearing problem may be treated with medical or surgical alternatives. If the results indicate that you are a suitable candidate for hearing aid, hearing aids that suit your type and degree of hearing loss, lifestyle, dexterity and budget will be prescribed. Post- fitting follow- up will be customised to ensure that you hear better in short time.
As for children, below are some symptoms:
- Risk factors during pregnancy, such as maternal rubella or syphilis.
- Significant head trauma.
- History of congenital hearing loss.
- Recurrent middle ear infections.
- Ototoxic medication
- Speech or language delay.
- Risk factors in the new-born, such as premature birth, low birth weight, severe jaundice.
- Parent or teacher has noticed or suspects a hearing loss abnormalities of the ears, nose or throat.
- Syndromes such as Down Syndrome.
Children should have their hearing tested if one of the above occurs.
At vCare Hearing, we provide comprehensive hearing assessment for both adult and children to detect early stage of hearing loss before it occurs.