Have you ever attempted to ignore a toothache? They can be rather rough. Sooner or later, you’re unquestionably begging to go see a dentist. And when your eyesight starts to blur it’s the same. You’ll most likely call an ophthalmologist when you start to have trouble reading street signs. But the problem is, when your hearing begins to go you might not show such urgency.
And that may be a mistake. There are significant health problems (especially mental health issues) that can happen as a result of untreated hearing loss. Naturally, you can only ignore your diminishing hearing if you’re actually aware of it. And that’s difficulty number two.
You Could Have Hearing Loss if You Notice These Symptoms
We typically don’t appreciate our hearing. A loud concert? No biggie. Blaring ear pods? That’s just how you enjoy your podcasts. But your overall hearing will be significantly impacted by every one of these choices, especially over time.
Sadly, those impacts may be hard to detect. Hearing loss can creep up on you gradually, with symptoms that progress so slowly as to be effectively invisible. That’s why it’s a good idea to be familiar with some basic red flags (and to be certain you don’t neglect them):
- Your short term memory tends to suddenly fail now and then
- You have a hard time falling asleep at night and feel tired for no apparent reason
- Speech of those near you (family, co-workers, friends) sounds dull or distorted
- You have an especially difficult time hearing consonants when listening to everyday speech
- You can’t maintain a set of earbuds because you keep blowing the speakers
- It’s challenging to follow conversations in noisy or crowded settings
- You always have to turn up the volume on your devices
- You find yourself asking those around you to repeat themselves quite often
It’s pretty well recognized what these red flags and symptoms indicate. If your hearing loss comes on particularly slowly, your brain will instantly start compensating for any hearing loss that occurs, making you somewhat oblivious, at first, to your symptoms. That’s why all of these warning symptoms should be taken seriously, which means you need to schedule an appointment to see your hearing specialist.
What Going to Happen if You Neglect Your Hearing Loss?
Some individuals are, certainly, stubborn. Or the idea of wearing hearing aids is simply too unwelcome. They believe that wearing hearing aids causes them to appear old. But that’s not really the situation (most hearing aids can be very discreet, and being capable of conversing fluently is a boon, too).
Nevertheless, it’s worth discussing what might happen if you ignore your hearing loss:
- You could cause your hearing to get worse: If you don’t utilize hearing aids or increased hearing protection, you’ll keep cranking the volume on your television up. Or you won’t utilize earplugs when you go to rock concerts. And your hearing will keep diminishing as you continue to do damage to your ears.
- Your relationships could fray: There’s something that happens when you have a difficult time comprehending your friends and relatives: you begin having fewer conversations with them. You don’t call to say hi, you don’t keep up with what’s going on with them, you disengage. Some of those relationships will be ruined, specifically if no one has any idea that the underlying cause is hearing loss (and not some unexpressed bitterness).
- You could suffer from depression and cognitive decline: You may start to detect signs of depression as your relationships fizzle and going out gets more challenging. You may also start to experience some mental decline if your brain doesn’t receive the auditory activation that it’s used to, certain changes begin to take place within your neural physiology. If your hearing loss isn’t treated, it can lead to longterm cognitive worries.
Hearing Loss Shouldn’t be Ignored
In the future, clearly, bigger and more significant problems can be brought about by hearing loss. Conversely, your quality of life can be significantly improved by recognizing and managing your hearing loss. Your every day life is more full and your relationships improve when you begin to hear better. And your general health will be improved by seeing a hearing specialist or at least downloading a noise monitoring app.
You definitely shouldn’t ignore the health concern of hearing loss. The sooner you find the proper treatment, the happier you’ll be. Take care of your hearing loss before it gets too severe to ignore.