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SYMPTOMS OF HEARING LOSS

Nearly 50 million Americans suffer from some form of hearing loss. One-third of people over the age of 65 experiences hearing loss.

Unfortunately, most don’t realize that letting this issue go untreated can negatively impact relationships, work performance, and can lead to other medical issues including depression and cognitive decline. We at Eldorado Audiology and Hearing Center of Santa Fe can help you determine the best course of treatment for your particular hearing related needs.

Here is some information on types of hearing loss and hearing related issues:

SYMPTOMS OF SENSORINEURAL HEARING LOSS

Sensorineural hearing loss causes a reduction in the quality of sound you hear. A person who suffers from this type of loss may be able to hear sounds at a ‘normal’ volume, but it seems distorted and difficult to comprehend. They may have trouble engaging in conversations with multiple people or loud crowded areas. They may often ask those around them to repeat themselves or speaking more clearly. This type of hearing loss can also deter people away from enjoying music as the sound becomes harsh and fuzzy to them.

Less common symptoms are dizziness or prolonged tinnitus.

SYMPTOMS OF CONDUCTIVE HEARING LOSS

Conductive hearing loss causes a reduction in volume, making sounds appear quieter. People suffering from this type of hearing loss often have trouble detecting faint sounds and may need to turn up the volume on their entertainment or phone to hear it properly.

People with conductive hearing loss often have a pairing infection in the ear or wax buildup which may cause ear pain, pressure, or drainage.

ADDED SYMPTOMS: TINNITUS

Tinnitus refers to a ringing or buzzing noise in the ears. It can be a symptom of an underlying condition. While people experience periodic ringing in the ears, prolonged tinnitus could indicate a possible hearing loss. Although tinnitus can be frustrating, it is not usually an indicator of a serious medical condition.

Call (505)-466-7526 today to talk to us about the steps to take toward bettering your hearing loss. You can visit our contact page for additional information.

HEARING QUESTIONNAIRE

The following has been adapted from a self-assessment tool created by the American Academy of Otolaryngology. If you answer YES to two or more of these questions, you may want to schedule a hearing test at Eldorado Audiology and Hearing Center of Santa Fe.

YES/NO

  1. Do people seem to mumble or speak in a softer voice?
  2. Do you feel tired or irritable after a long conversation?
  3. Do you tend to miss key words in a sentence?
  4. Do you often need to ask people to repeat themselves?
  5. Do you have difficulty understanding the conversation in a crowded room?
  6. Do you often turn the volume up on the TV or radio?
  7. Does background noise bother you?
  8. Is it sometimes hard to hear the conversation on the telephone?
  9. Do you sometimes not hear the doorbell or telephone ring?
  10. Are your family or friends complaining about your hearing?
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