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What are the First Signs of Going Deaf?

While it is possible to go suddenly deaf, for most people this is a gradual condition that worsens over time. By being cognizant of how you are interacting with the world around you, it is possible to detect the early signs of hearing loss. Think about the situations listed below. If you can relate to any of these, contact an ear, nose, throat (ENT) doctor to have your hearing assessed. The earlier you are diagnosed with hearing loss, the sooner you can get advanced treatments to improve your quality of life.

When spending time with grandchildren: Younger people and some women have higher pitched voices. If your hearing is failing, their voices may be difficult to hear. You may misinterpret what they are saying or miss out on conversations entirely.

When watching television: Other family members complain that the sound is too loud, but you find it difficult to hear when it’s turned down.

When eating out at restaurants: The noise of clanking silverware, overhead music and other table conversations create a need for you to read lips as people speak so you can make out what they are saying.

After attending social events: You find that you are physically and mentally exhausted. This could be because your brain is working overtime to understand what other people are saying.

There are other signs of going deaf such as ringing in your ears (tinnitus) or a clogged feeling in your ears that can cause a disruption to your hearing.

If you feel you may have hearing loss in Phoenix, contact Biltmore ENT by calling (602) 932-6149.

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