021222 How Do I Know if I Have Hearing Loss Caused by Loud Noise? 1/2

021222 How Do I Know if I Have Hearing Loss Caused by Loud Noise?

From the CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/nceh/hearing_loss/how_do_i_know_if_i_have_hearing_loss.html

Prevention and early detection of hearing loss are important. If you have any signs of hearing loss or if you are at risk for hearing loss, get your hearing tested.

Did You Know That Noise Can Cause Other Health Problems Too?

  • Anxiety
    Exposure to noise can increase stress, anxiety, loss of sleep, and fatigue.
  • Heart Disease
    Noise can also cause elevated blood pressure, heart disease, and increased heart rate.
  • Damage to the Developing Baby During Pregnancy
    Excessive noise during pregnancy may damage the newborn’s hearing.
  • Learning and Language
    Noisy homes and environments can interfere with learning and language development in children. Even a mild hearing loss can harm a child’s ability to speak, learn, and interact with others.
  • Isolation and Depression
    Untreated hearing loss, especially in older adults, can lead to
    • social isolation
    • depression
    • dementia
    • falls (leading to injury)
    • inability to work or travel
    • reduced physical activity.

10 Signs of Hearing Loss

If you have any of these signs or symptoms, you may have hearing loss caused by noise:

  1. Speech and other sounds seem muffled
  2. Trouble hearing high-pitched sounds (e.g., birds, doorbell, telephone, alarm clock)
  3. Trouble understanding conversations when you are in a noisy place, such as a restaurant
  4. Trouble understanding speech over the phone
  5. Trouble hearing speech consonants (e.g., trouble hearing the difference between s and f,  between p and t, or between sh and th in speech)
  6. Asking  others to speak more slowly and clearly
  7. Asking someone to speak more loudly or repeat what they said
  8. Turning up the volume of the television or radio
  9. Ringing in the ears
  10. Hypersensitivity
  11. Ringing in the ears
  12. Hypersensitivity to certain sounds (certain sounds are very bothersome or create pain)

If you have any signs of hearing loss, get tested by a qualified healthcare provider.

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