You would notice if you woke up one day and you couldn’t see as well as you could the day before. Or if you were eating a sandwich and you all of a sudden couldn’t taste it. Hearing loss, on the other hand, creeps up on us gradually and can be difficult to notice until it is too late.
According to Dr. Steven Rauch, an ear, nose, and throat (ENT) specialist at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, in Boston, “The symptoms [of hearing loss] are often much more apparent to other people than to us.” Usually, it is a person’s spouse or partner that is the first to notice the change.
Instead of waiting for other people to alert you of your hearing loss, there are two crucial warning signs that you should be aware of:
- People around you always seem to be mumbling.
- You have a hard time carrying a conversation in a noisy environment.
Rauch asserts that if either of those symptoms occur, it is time to consult a doctor. The expert Otolaryngologists at Alexandria Otolaryngology Associates can help determine the level of hearing loss and the options that are available to you to help reverse it, if possible. We know it can be a scary time, and we have the tools and the experience to help you get back to hearing the sounds that you love.