It is a reality that many of us will face at some stage of our lives, either personally or for a loved one. It is recommended that as soon as changes are detected in hearing quality or there are new levels of discomfort or muffled sounds, an audiologist’s advice is sought as quickly as possible.

Not all instances of hearing loss will require a hearing device like a hearing aid, but there are some guidelines and advice that one could follow and take to determine potential necessity.

If you or a loved one has been experiencing any of these symptoms, then it’s recommended to schedule a consultation with an audiologist:

  • Hearing loss: When there is an evident loss of hearing, and it is not possible to follow conversations, follow news on television or you’re noticing that you or your loved one is frequently asking for volume levels to be adjusted and increased.
  • Dizziness or maintaining balance: These are obvious signs of hearing loss and difficulty with hearing. Hearing aids can assist with correcting these symptoms.
  • Tinnitus: If your loved one is reporting a constant ringing in one or both ears or if you find that the spaces between hearing this ringing are decreasing from infrequent to more frequent, you should visit with an audiologist to discuss your hearing aid options and which devices might offer some relief.
  • You have difficulty hearing: Hearing loss isn’t always acutely noticeable, and you might find that while you can hear in certain circumstances or situations, in other scenarios, you’re not entirely comfortable monitoring or absorbing sounds or noises around you. Some people find that being at home in a calmer, less noisy environment presents significantly fewer hearing challenges than being out in a coffee shop or shopping.
  • Your family has a history of hearing loss: Gene mutations can cause hearing loss in several ways and genetic factors can make some people more susceptible to hearing loss than others. 

It is important to consider that not everyone will experience hearing loss or hearing difficulty challenges the same way. So, if you’re concerned about your own experiences, then pay attention to what your ears tell you. If you notice that your environment has become more difficult than usual to navigate, then hearing aids could be a solution for you. Remember that much of our communication is non-verbal, so if you start relying on non-verbal communication more than what you’re used to, it could be time to consider hearing aids.

If you have small children, monitor them for signs of hearing loss. If they regularly turn their heads or shake their heads in an attempt to pick up on sound, you should consider approaching a pediatric audiologist for appropriate advice.

Our lives will inform many of our decisions regarding healthcare as we get older, so if you’ve worked in industry or hunting or in professions where you have been exposed to regular bouts of sudden noise or explosions or continual noises like humming sounds, you’ll want to check in with your audiologist if your current quality of hearing takes a dip.