You know what it’s like to try to disregard a toothache? It can be very difficult. Eventually, you’re absolutely pleading to go to the dentist. And when your eyesight begins to lose focus it’s the same. You’ll most likely call an ophthalmologist when you start to have difficulty reading street signs. The concern is, you might not show nearly as much urgency when your hearing begins to go.
This would more than likely be an oversight. Neglected hearing loss can be the reason for considerable health concerns (specifically mental problems). Obviously, you can only ignore your diminishing hearing if you’re actually aware of it. And there’s the second problem.
You Might Have Hearing Loss if You Detect These Symptoms
We often take our hearing for granted. A loud concert? No big deal.. Blaring ear pods? That’s just how you prefer your podcasts. But each of those decisions, especially over time, will have a significant impact on your overall hearing.
It can, regrettably, be hard to detect these impacts. Hearing loss can creep up on you gradually, with symptoms that progress so gradually as to be basically invisible. That’s why it’s a good idea to be familiar with some primary red flags (and to take care of them sooner than later):
- You have an especially hard time making out consonants when listening to casual speech
- You keep turning up the volume on your television, car stereo, or your cellphone
- You encounter unexpected issues with short term memory
- You can’t keep a set of earbuds because you keep blowing the speakers
- You frequently have to ask people to repeat what they said
- Speech of those around you (friends, family, co-workers) sounds dull or distorted
- You feel an unexplained sense of exhaustion or have excessive difficulty falling asleep at night
- When you’re in a crowded noisy situation you have a hard time keeping up with conversations
It’s fairly well known what these red flags and signs indicate. If your hearing loss comes on especially slowly, your brain will instantly begin to compensate for any hearing loss that develops, making you rather unaware, at first, to your symptoms. That’s why any of these warning symptoms should be taken seriously, which means you should schedule an appointment to see your hearing professional.
What Going to Happen if You Ignore Your Hearing Loss?
Indeed, some individuals are very obstinate. Or they simply don’t like the concept of wearing a hearing aid. They assume that wearing hearing aids makes them appear old. But in actuality, most modern hearing aids are virtually invisible (and it doesn’t hurt when you can understand and participate in conversations).
Even so, it’s worth talking about what could occur if you neglect your hearing loss:
- You may have strained relationships: There’s something that happens when you have a hard time comprehending your friends and family: you start having fewer conversations with them. You stop calling to say hi, you don’t keep up with what’s going on with them, you withdraw. And that can hurt some of those relationships, particularly if the issue is hearing loss that you have kept secret (and not because you’re angry at them).
- Your hearing may get worse: If you don’t utilize hearing aids or enhanced 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 harm to your ears and your hearing will almost certainly continue to decline because of it.
- Depression and cognitive decline could result: As your relationships falter and going out becomes more challenging, you might start to notice signs of depression. You might also begin to experience some cognitive decline without the auditory stimulation your brain is used to, your neural physiology begins to experience specific changes. If your hearing loss isn’t dealt with, it can result in longterm cognitive challenges.
Hearing Loss Shouldn’t be Ignored
In the future, clearly, bigger and more substantial issues can be brought about by hearing loss. Conversely, your quality of life can be substantially improved by acknowledging and treating your hearing loss. Your every day life is more full and your relationships get better when you start to hear better. And your general health will be enhanced by consulting a hearing specialist or at least downloading a noise monitoring app.
Hearing loss is certainly a health condition you shouldn’t ignore. A happier life begins when you find the right treatment. Take care of your hearing loss before it gets too severe to ignore.