Signs of Hearing Loss
Signs of Hearing LossAn untreated hearing loss it can be isolating, frustrating, and has almost the same warning signs as Alzheimer’s disease. If you or a family member is living with these symptoms, please schedule them a free hearing test to help determine the cause of the symptoms.
Know the 10 Signs of Hearing Loss… Early Detection Matters!
- People seem to mumble more frequently.
- You experience ringing in your ears.
- You often ask people to repeat themselves.
- Your family complains that you play the radio or TV too loudly.
- You no longer hear normal household sounds, such as the dripping of a faucet or the ringing of a doorbell.
- You have difficulty understanding conversations when in a group or crowd.
- You have trouble understanding all the words in conversations.
- You find a telephone conversation increasingly difficult.
- You have trouble hearing when your back is turned to the speaker.
- You have been told you speak too loudly.
Symptomatic similarities between Untreated Hearing Loss and Alzheimer’s Disease
|Untreated Hearing Loss||Alzheimer’s Disease|
|Depression, anxiety, feelings of isolation||Depression, anxiety, disorientation|
|Reduced communication ability||Reduced language comprehension|
|Reduced cognitive input||Impaired memory (esp. short-term memory)|
|Inappropriate psychosocial responses||Inappropriate psychosocial responses|
|Reduced mental scores||Loss of ability to recognize (agnosia|
|Denial, heightened defensiveness, negativity||Denial, defensiveness, negativity|
|Distrust and paranoia (e.g., belief that others may be talking about them)||Distrust and suspicion regarding other’s motives|
Chartand MS: Alzheimer’s & Hearing Loss. Professional Education Course, International Institute for Hearing Instrument Studies, Livonia, MI, 2000.
If you or someone you care about is experiencing ANY of the 10 warning signs, give us a call at (757)497-3900 for your free hearing evaluation.