Hearing Loss Symptoms – Better Hearing Month

The COVID-19 shelter-in-place directive is all the more reason each of us needs to do more to remain engaged with our community.  Telemedicine allows our audiologists and medical staff to diagnose and treat your hearing and balance symptoms.  May is Better Speech and Hearing Month and a good time to remind everyone of the risks of hearing loss.

Hearing Test Sign

Research shows that older adults with hearing loss had annual rates of decline in cognition that were between 30 and 40 percent greater than their counterparts with normal hearing.

Since then, other studies have built upon this research, linking hearing loss to memory loss, psychological distress, and dementia.

You might have hearing loss if you:

  • often need people to repeat what they are saying
  • have difficulty following conversations
  • people sound muffled or like they’re mumbling
  • have difficulty hearing in situations like parties or meetings
  • have trouble hearing children and women
  • need your TV or radio turned up high volume
  • have ringing in your ears
  • read lips or more intently watch people’s faces when they speak with you.

Did you know that tinnitus, or ringing in the ears, can be a sign of hearing loss?  In the video below, CNC Hearing and Balance Center’s Sarah McGuire talks about this condition that affects millions of people.  Don’t ignore symptoms of hearing loss.

Call us for an appointment at 504-934-8320.

Video transcript:

Sarah McGuire, MSN, APRN: You can say tinnitus or tinnitus. Either way is correct. Tinnitus means ringing. Some people describe it as crickets. Some people describe it as buzzing.

The most common reason that people have tinnitus, or tinnitus, or the ringing is because they’ve got some hearing loss. Your brain is designed to get hearing input from your ears. When it doesn’t get it, it makes up its own saying. That’s what the tinnitus is. It tends to bother people more when it’s quiet. When you’re trying to go to sleep at night is when it typically bothers people the most.