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Signs and Symptoms

Though your chances of having a hearing loss increase as you age, a surprisingly high percentage of people who develop hearing loss are much younger than you’d think. Traffic, machinery, music, and TV all contribute to noisy environments that can cause hearing loss, at any age. More than 500 million people worldwide suffer from some degree of hearing loss. If you are one of the 500 million, hearing aids may help you regain your hearing so you can live the life you are used to enjoying.

Causes of Hearing Loss

Hearing loss can develop so gradually that you may not even notice the loss of subtle everyday sounds. Most often there is loss in the higher frequencies that later can move into loss of the lower ones as well. Before you know it, you could start missing important sounds in your everyday life, such as the voices of loved ones. You may think your hearing loss is not severe enough to worry about or seek help. However mild your hearing loss may be, you’ll find that your life will greatly improve by doing something about the problem.

For more on the causes of hearing loss, visit the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) here:

Signs That You May Have a Hearing Loss

What sounds are you missing out on?

  • Birds chirping when you go for a walk or sit out on the porch?
  • Your children/grandchildren’s laughter?
  • The punchline to a good joke told at a party or event?
  • The cat’s purr as it sits on your lap?

Hearing loss can make it difficult to:

  • Understand what someone is saying while talking to them on the phone
  • Hear the TV or radio at the same level of the others in the room
  • Feel included in the conversation at a party or gathering

If you are missing the above sounds and communication with those around you is difficult, you may suffer from hearing loss. You could benefit significantly from wearing hearing aids. Everyday sounds and conversations are part of life’s most meaningful experiences and we don’t want you to miss a single one!

For a FREE complete hearing evaluation, visit your nearest Hear Michigan Location.