It’s that time of year again. You know - when families gather and reconnect over a fabulous meal. Everyone’s excited to share stories and catch up on each other’s lives. But for some, this time of year brings on frustration and dread. But why would spending time with loved ones cause this reaction?
In many cases, hearing loss is at the root of these feelings. Trouble following the conversation or hearing voices over the background noise of busy children, kitchen prep and the big game on TV. Often, the effort required to concentrate and the inability to interact leaves you retreating to the sidelines.
So, let’s talk turkey about the common signs of hearing loss:
Trouble following a conversation when people talk at the same time
Unable to hear in noisy environments
Regularly misunderstanding what people are saying
Keeping the volume turned up too loud for others
Exhausted from straining to hear conversations
Your most used word is “what?”
Changes in hearing often take place over time resulting in an average of seven years for a person to recognize and seek treatment. If you frequently recognize more than a few of these signs, you should schedule a hearing exam with a provider in your area.
Don’t let untreated hearing loss cause you to miss out or drop out of family fun. About 95% of hearing loss can be helped with hearing aids getting you back in the game.