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What Did You Say? 5 Signs You May Be Experiencing Age-Related Hearing Loss

by Oona Laine

If you're between the ages of 65 – 74, and you've been having trouble hearing lately, you might be experiencing age-related hearing loss. According to research, approximately one in three people begin losing their hearing around that time. In some cases, the hearing changes can be so subtle that you might not even realize you're having problems. Here are five signs that will help you determine if you're experiencing hearing loss. If any of the following symptoms seem familiar, you should have your hearing tested as soon as possible.

The Volume on the Television is on the Highest Setting

Are you constantly needing to turn the volume up on the television because you can't hear it? Is your family constantly turning the television down because you have it on too loud? This may be a sign that you're experiencing hearing loss. 

You Need People to Repeat Themselves

Do you need people to repeat themselves when they're speaking to you? Are you only able to understand certain parts of the conversation? Everyone needs to have things repeated once in a while. However, missing parts of conversations on a regular basis, may be a sign that something is wrong. If you need to have things repeated back to you on a regular basis, you may be experiencing age-related hearing loss.

You Have to Adjust the Volume on the Phone

Do you have to turn the volume all the way up on your phone in order to hear the person on the other end? Do you need to put all of your conversations on speaker phone? If so, you may have a hearing problem.

You Get Frequent Evening Headaches

Have you been experiencing an increase in evening headaches? If so, it could be due to the constant straining to hear what's going on around you. When you can't hear properly, you strain your facial muscles to concentrate on what's being said. That constant straining can lead to evening tension headaches.

You Can't Follow Conversations in Noisy Rooms

Do you feel lost in a crowded room? Is it difficult to follow a conversation when things are noisy around you? Do you lose your ability to follow conversations in noisy rooms? If you answered yes to those questions, your ears may be having a hard time filtering out the background noise.

If you're experiencing any of the symptoms described above, you need to have your hearing tested as soon as possible, such as at You may need hearing aids to help you hear what you've been missing.