People with normal hearing can perceive sounds at frequencies between 20 and 20,000 Hz. If you start to develop hearing loss, that range begins to narrow. Because hearing loss is frequently gradual, it can take years before you realize you are experiencing it. The earlier hearing loss can be identified and treated, the better your hearing health will be in the long term.

 Early Signs of Hearing Loss Older man looking out his window at home.

Hearing loss often begins by affecting your ability to hear higher pitches in the normal human range. This can be sounds like birds chirping, flute music playing and often most impactfully, certain speech.

It can be speech from people with higher-pitched voices (like children and women) or some speech sounds like “s” and “h”.

Other early signs include:

  • Friends and family comment on your hearing
  • Struggling to follow conversations in groups of people, especially in places with background noise
  • Frequently asking people to repeat what they’ve said
  • Others have commented on the volume when you’re watching TV or listening to music

Hearing Loss Makes It Harder to Connect

When it becomes harder to understand speech or follow conversations, it makes everything more difficult. Work becomes more stressful, relationships can suffer, and things that you once loved doing become less enjoyable. Hearing loss can make it harder to:

  • Go out to the movies
  • Attend sporting events with large crowds
  • Enjoy dining with friends at Ti Amo Wood Fired Pizza
  • Listen to music
  • Take in the sounds of nature at one of Utah’s many beautiful parks

Hearing Aids Can Help

If you believe you have hearing loss, know that you have options to improve your hearing and your quality of life.

The first step is to schedule an appointment with an audiologist. They will perform an audiology evaluation which includes a pure-tone test, which will help determine the frequencies you can hear and at what volume. Your results will be charted on a graph called an audiogram, which will help your audiologist determine your hearing threshold.

If you have hearing loss, your audiologist may recommend hearing aids. They will work with you to determine the size, style and technology that fits best with your lifestyle. The right pair of hearing aids can:

  • Increase your confidence in your hearing ability
  • Keep you connected to your friends and loved ones
  • Reduce stress at work
  • Allow you to continue to engage in many of the activities that bring you joy

If you have additional questions about hearing loss or would like to schedule an appointment, call the experts at Bountiful Hearing Center today.