Hearing loss is so gradual that many are not aware their hearing has deteriorated, due to medical conditions, ear infections, ear infections, illness, traumatic injury or prolonged exposure to noise. Hearing loss is not like listening with the volume turned down. Instead, you may notice that certain spoken sounds, like “sh,” “th,” and “f” are more difficult to hear. That’s why people often say they can hear, but can’t understand what is being said.
If you suspect you may be experiencing hearing loss, consider these questions:
• Do you often ask others to repeat themselves?
• Do others ask you to turn down the TV/radio?
• Is it more difficult to understand conversation when there is background noise?
• Do people seem to mumble all the time?
• Do you have difficulty following group conversations?
• Do you find it difficult to identify from which direction sounds are coming?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may have hearing loss. It is important to talk to an audiologist, who can determine the type and degree of hearing loss and methods to improve your hearing. Don’t wait until you fail to hear that truck backing up!
HEARING CENTER OF HAWAII
Dr. Howard Tamashiro, Audiologist Honolulu and Pearlridge Offices
808-597-1207 | www.hearingcenterofhawaii.com