Hearing Health Symptoms You Shouldn't Ignore

August 17, 2022

 Many of us can be somewhat reluctant when it comes to the attention that’s necessary for our health. It’s understandable to not want to go to the doctor over every little thing, but there are symptoms that you need to ensure that you don’t ignore. This is very true of certain parts of the body as well, including your ears. You don’t want to risk your hearing or balance (also associated with the ear) so here are a few symptoms you should make sure that you get checked out.

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Changes to your hearing

Hearing changes can happen gradually, so often that you might not immediately notice. If you find yourself having difficulty picking out voices in a crowd, understanding the speech of women or children, or finding that people complain about your TV or radio is too loud, it might be a symptom of hearing loss. Untreated hearing loss can have devastating effects on your quality of life, so a hearing test should be on your future schedule.

Ringing in the ears

Ringing in the ears is something many of us are likely to experience at some point, often in response to having heard a very loud noise right before. However, if that ringing doesn’t go away, it could be a case of chronic tinnitus. Tinnitus can be a lifelong problem for many people, one that requires you to focus on specific treatment methods, such as using white noise machines or tinnitus retraining therapy, to properly deal with. Otherwise, it can potentially contribute to stress, sleeplessness, and other changes in life quality.

Pressure in your ears

Many of us feel pressure in our ears at some point. If you feel it, for instance, when driving and the altitude changes or when you’re in a plane, then that’s nothing to be concerned about. However, otherwise, sudden ear pressure can be due to a range of things, including earwax, fluid build-up, allergies, and sinus problems. They can, however, be the result of an infection, so it’s important to get it checked out.

Pain in your ears

While ear pressure can result from a range of things, ear pain is usually a different store. Unless there’s a change in air pressure or altitude, the result is usually an ear infection or due to a foreign object that’s inside the ear, both of which will require some immediate attention.

Sudden dizziness

Your ears aren’t just related to your hearing health, they also play a governing role in your sense of balance. If you find yourself feeling dizzy and unable to find your feet, even if you’re on solid, stable ground, then the cause might be coming for your feet. There are different types of vertigo, some of which are linked directly to changes in ear health, so you will want to see a doctor that specializes in the ears for a thorough examination and diagnosis.

In general, you shouldn’t ignore any symptoms of changes to your health if they’re persistent or noticeable enough. However, when it comes to your ears, sometimes acting quickly can be vital to protecting your hearing health.

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