Five Signs That Your Hearing May Be Damaged

There are many vulnerabilities in our body that we don’t necessarily notice until they’re gone or they’ve been damaged. It’s important that when it comes to your health, you’re looking after your body but also being aware of your body and when something doesn’t feel entirely right. With that being said, here are five signs that your hearing may be damaged.

Television & Music Volumes Are Too High

When you’re watching television at home, you might not pay particular attention to the sound of your television and what levels it’s at normally. A good way to tell if your hearing has been damaged in any way is to look at your television or music devices to see how high you’ve got the volume set. If it’s fairly low, then it’s likely your hearing is going to be in good condition. However, if it’s a reasonable way up and over half way up the bar for that matter, chances are that you’ve done some minor or major damage to your hearing.

It’s important that you pay attention to your hearing and if you see yourself reaching for the volume button, try to stop yourself unless it’s simply too low for you to even hear what’s being said - or sung!

You’re Asking Conversations To Be Repeated

When you’re having a conversation with someone, are you catching the entirety of it? Or is it just bits of the conversation that you’re getting? Either way, it’s important that you’re keeping notice of how often you ask others to repeat what they’ve said. Sometimes, it can be hard to hear when you’re out partying and the volume of the music is too loud but there will be times where you should be able to hear someone speak and it can be worrying if that’s not the case. It may also be something that those individuals pick up on, especially if they’re family and friends that spend a lot of time with you on a regular basis.

You Work In A Noisy Environment

The work environment is important to look at because there are some environments that are very loud and therefore protection for your ears are needed. However, that protection isn’t always provided and that can be worrying. If you work in a job where there’s a lot of noise, i.e. a worksite or perhaps a music venue, then your employer should be providing you with the right protective hearing equipment. If not, then that employer could be putting themselves in a lot of trouble when it comes to health and safety regulations. If it’s not being provided for you, then for the sake of your own safety, it’s good to get the protective equipment so that hopefully, said company will reimburse you.

It’s good to learn more about noisy environments and about how they may contribute towards needing hearing aids or a hearing professional to check your hearing quality.

Prone To Ear Infections & Tinnitus

Ear infections and tinnitus may be signs of problems with your ears. Tinnitus is the ringing of your ears and this is a symptom of underlying problems with your ears. Now this could be related to your age, as age-related hearing loss is fairly common for most people, but if these ear infections are frequent or the tinnitus is persistent, then you might want to get your hearing checked.

Keeping your ears clean and healthy is important because if you’re not keeping them dry and clean, then you’re more likely to get infections. Make sure that your ears aren’t blocked up by excessive ear wax and if they are, then you’ll want to remove that ear wax in a professional manner that’s not going to damage your ear canal or ear drum.

You Don’t Hear Much Background Noise

Background noise is one of the first things to disappear when you have damage to your hearing, so it’s a good idea to pay attention to this. Do you hear any background noise now? What about when you’re out and about? Any birds chirping or the sound of footsteps in the distance? If you’re struggling to hear background noise, then it may warrant you needing to get extra help for your hearing in the form of a hearing aid.

Spotting these signs can be important in helping you prevent any further damage and to get help for any existing ear damage that might need to be addressed. There’s lots of advice and guidance out there so if you’re worried, make sure you get in touch with someone who can help with your hearing.

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