Do you suspect that you might have a hearing loss? Don’t be surprised if a hearing test reveals problems. According to the Canadian Academy of Audiology, 10 percent of Canadians have lost some of their hearing and up to half of these people are less than 65 years old.
Your hearing loss may not be immediately apparent – it can sneak up on you so slowly that you don’t realize it until you’re at the point where your ability to perceive and understand sound has been significantly reduced. So it’s important to pay attention to your hearing ability and get yourself checked out if you notice any of the following signs:
- You can hear people talk, but it’s becoming increasingly difficult to understand their words.
- It sounds as though people are mumbling or speaking very softly.
- You have a hard time hearing what someone is saying on the phone.
- It is especially difficult to understand what women or children are saying.
- You have difficulty hearing the ringing of the doorbell or telephone.
- You’re always asking people to repeat what they just said and you often misunderstand conversations.
- You favour one ear over the other.
- You have difficulty hearing in a place with a lot of background noise, such as in a restaurant, or in a quiet area where the speaker is not right next to you, like in a business meeting or religious service.
- You find yourself straining to hear after leaving a noisy area.
- Family members notice or complain that you have difficulty hearing.
- You turn up the volume on the TV to abnormally high levels.
- You’ve been exposed to loud noise on a regular basis in the past (loud concerts, machinery or guns).
If you do think you may be having hearing problems, the highly qualified staff at Pure Audiology & Hearing Aid Services can assess your hearing and recommend solutions to improve it. For more information, call them at 289-837-1137, or visit their website, www.pureaudiology.ca.