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Signs of Hearing Loss

Because hearing loss often occurs gradually, it can be difficult to know if it is happening to you. Sometimes we recognize that our situation has changed, but we put off having it looked into, thinking things might improve on their own. If you notice any of the following signs of hearing loss in yourself or in a loved one, contact Sioux Falls Audiology today, and we’ll help get you back on the path to better communication:
  • Straining to hear what others are saying
  • Difficulties hearing the television, and you find yourself turning up the volume
  • Difficulties hearing when background noise is present
  • Constantly asking people to repeat what they’ve just said
  • Feeling like others mumble when they speak to you
  • Asking others to fill in the details of conversations because you can’t quite catch what is being said
  • Missing phone calls or visitors because you didn’t hear the doorbell or telephone ring
  • Notice without reading lips, conversation is difficult
  • No longer noticing the sound of rain falling, blinker in the car, leaves rustling, dogs barking, traffic, etc
  • Avoiding social engagements because you are not able to understand what is being said
  • Constant ringing or buzzing/humming in your ears, even in a quiet environment
If you experience SUDDEN hearing loss, PAIN, DRAINAGE or any other abnormality of the ear, it is necessary to make an appointment with the audiologist immediately. Explain your signs of hearing loss to our patient care coordinator and she will schedule you for an appointment on an emergency basis.

Risk factors of hearing loss:

  • Malformation of outer, middle or inner ear structures
  • Fluid in the middle ear
  • Ear infection
  • Allergies
  • Poor Eustachian tube function
  • Perforated eardrum
  • Impacted earwax
  • Exposure to loud noise
  • Head trauma
  • Virus or disease
  • Autoimmune inner ear disease
  • Hereditary
  • Aging (presbycusis)
  • Some medications

What is Tinnitus?

Have you been experiencing ringing in your ears, even in a quiet room? You may have tinnitus. Tinnitus can cause low- or high-pitched ringing, or present itself as a whistling, buzzing, clicking, chirping, whooshing, hissing, cricket-like, etc. sound. It is a noise which only you can hear; it can be continuous or intermittent, vary in volume and occur in one or both ears.

Often, tinnitus is the result of a damaged cochlea, or inner ear, caused by extreme or cumulative noise exposure, injuries to the head/neck or ear infections.  It may also be the first sign of hearing loss.  Sometimes it can also be the result of an underlying medical condition and as such should be evaluated by an audiologist.

Tinnitus might seem harmless to someone who has no experience with it, but about 20% of the people who suffer from it find it irritating or debilitating. Tinnitus has been known to affect concentration and cause insomnia, anxiety or depression. While there is no cure for tinnitus at this time, it can be managed.  We encourage you to contact Sioux Falls Audiology to set up an appointment to have your tinnitus addressed. We can help you develop coping skills to effectively manage the problem.

 Hear. Better. Now.


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