When many of us picture hearing loss, we often imagine a sudden and drastic change in our ears that makes every sound fade away. However, the gradual effects of hearing loss are much more subtle than that and can have wide-ranging health implications.
The Record Searchlight suggests that seniors should make sure that their ears are in tip-top shape during retirement living.
One way to do this is to monitor one's own behaviors.
"Have you noticed that people begin talking loudly when they have difficulty hearing or yell to make a point? When we can't hear we tend to talk louder because we can't hear ourselves. Another sign of hearing loss is mumbling. The person may mumble when they speak as well as accuse others of mumbling their responses," the news source reports.
Phone conversations can be a big indicator too. If one finds that it's harder to hear than it used to be, it may be time to schedule an appointment with the doctor.
MedicineNet.com states that around one-third of Americans age 65 to 74 have difficulty with their hearing and half of seniors age 85 and over have the same problems.