Hearing loss isn’t just annoying – it can have a significant impact on your life and your overall health, not to mention interfering with your ability to communicate with your friends, your loved ones and your coworkers. Yet many people delay getting the treatment they need, often because they don’t know they even have a hearing loss. Knowing the signs and symptoms of hearing loss is an important part of getting the treatment you need so you can enjoy a better quality of life.
PEOPLE TEND TO WAIT
5 TO 7 YEARS
BETWEEN FIRST EXPERIENCING SYMPTOMS AND SEEKING HELP.
ARE YOU EXPERIENCING SYMPTOMS?
Common signs of hearing loss:
problems understanding conversations, especially in windy or noisy environments or group settings
problems understanding conversations on the telephone
difficulty hearing the television, stereo or other audio devices at volumes that are normal to others
asking people to repeat themselves on a regular basis or feeling like the people around you mumble or speak too softly
often misinterpreting directions or instructions as a result of “mishearing” them
finding yourself avoiding situations where you’ll have to listen closely or participate in discussions or conversations
difficulty hearing sounds like the telephone or doorbell ringing
problems determining where sounds are coming from
hearing “ringing” or “buzzing” noises in your ears when they’re not occurring in the environment around you (a condition called tinnitus)
Because hearing loss can occur over time, the signs and symptoms can be very subtle. It’s also easy to ignore symptoms or to simply accept these symptoms as part of the “natural” aging process. And to make matters worse, most family doctors don’t include hearing tests as part of annual routine physical exams, which means many hearing problems can remain undiagnosed for a long time. Without treatment, hearing loss can lead to depression, anxiety, social isolation and even dementia.
Have your hearing tested – for free.
As a world leader in hearing health and technology, Audibel knows the vital importance of having your hearing tested on a regular basis, especially as you get older. With 17 locations throughout Northern and Southwestern Florida, Audibel helps Florida residents identify hearing loss and get the help they need to hear better and stay healthier. And even better – Audibel’s comprehensive hearing tests are free and use the most advanced testing equipment available so you can feel confident you’ll receive the most accurate and reliable results. Visit our locations page and find the center nearest you, then call and schedule your free hearing test and consultation today.