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Hearing Loss Is An Insidious Health Malady In That Most People Don’t Know They’re Experiencing

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    Hearing loss is an insidious health malady in that most people don’t know they’re experiencing it until too late — and even then, they may assume that it’s a temporary problem.

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    If no single significant event occurred that may have caused a sudden change in hearing ability, it’s typically a slow decline. These are among the most common signs that you or someone you know might have a hearing loss:

    • Asking people to repeat themselves often
    • Difficulty following conversations that involve more than two people
    • Thinking that others are mumbling or speaking quietly
    • Difficulty hearing speech in noisy situations
    • People commenting about how loud your TV or radio is
    • Inappropriate responses during conversation
    • Stress from straining to hear what others are saying
    • Withdrawing from enjoyable social situations more often
    • Family history of hearing loss
    • Taking medications that can harm the hearing system
    • Diabetes, heart, circulation, or thyroid problems
    • History of exposure to loud sounds at work or leisure

    Hearing loss is usually gradual, and by identifying these symptoms, you’ve covered step one in the diagnosis process.


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