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Can you hear those sleigh bells ring?

By: Karen Whitfield

The signs of hearing loss can be subtle and emerge slowly, or they can be significant and come on suddenly! Either way, there are common indications. You should suspect hearing loss if you experience any of the signs below. You might have hearing loss if you…

Socially:

  • Require frequent repetition;
  • Have difficulty following conversations involving more than two people;
  • Think that other people sound muffled or like they’re mumbling;
  • Have difficulty hearing in noisy situations, like conferences, restaurants, malls, or crowded meeting rooms;
  • Have trouble hearing children and women;
  • Have your TV or radio turned up to a high volume;
  • Answer or respond inappropriately in conversations;
  • Have ringing in your ears; and/or
  • Read lips or more intently watch people’s faces when they speak with you.

Medically:

  • Have a family history of hearing loss;
  • Take medications that can harm the hearing system (ototoxic drugs);
  • Have diabetes, heart, circulation or thyroid problems;
  • Have been exposed to very loud sounds over a long period or single exposure to explosive noise.

Identifying a hearing loss can help prevent accelerated cognitive decline and the early onset of dementia – preserving and extending your mental health and independence.  It can reduce the risk of injury-causing falls.  It can allow you to interact with confidence!

Northwest ENT is abiding closely by CDC guidelines in reference to the Coronavirus. Currently, we have taken precautionary steps to remain open. We are open for normal hours and available for your needs.

To help us protect you, other patients and our staff, if you have a fever, new shortness of breath, dry cough or feel sick, please call to reschedule your appointment. Northwest ENT & Allergy Center is now offering telemedicine appointments for all patients to help diagnose and treat you and your loved ones from the safety and convenience of your own home.

Thank you so much for understanding and cooperation. We look forward to continuing your care.

Please call 770-427-0368 for additional information.