Hearing loss, like many other health conditions, has various degrees of severity. However, there are usually common everyday sounds that those with hearing loss aren’t able to hear. These everyday sounds may seem insignificant, but don’t take these missing noises lightly. Generally, people don’t do anything to help preserve their hearing until years after permanent hearing damage has already occurred.
If you can recognize that you’re missing sounds in everyday life early, you may be able to help prevent any further possible damage to your hearing. Let’s run down this list of 6 things you should be able to hear but can’t!
1. Birds Chirping
While this one may seem a bit cliche, it is a sound that many people with hearing loss often go without hearing. This is actually a very subtle red flag for hearing loss, since most people don’t think twice about hearing the sounds of birds chirping.
2. Other People
You might be thinking, “If I can’t hear other people then I’ll know something’s wrong with my hearing.” However, many people brush off this common, everyday noise they’re missing, and blame it on the speaker instead. Assuming that the speaker is mumbling or isn’t speaking loud enough can cause you to believe nothing is wrong with your hearing.
3. The TV
Continuously turning up the volume on the TV can mean more than just “the volume is too low.” Even in noisy environments, turning up the TV volume to where it’s too loud for those around you can be a red flag to hearing loss. If you’re unsure of whether your TV is too loud or not, try letting someone else set the volume and see if you can still hear it or not.
4. Your Car’s Turn Signal
As we all know, your turn signal makes a simple clicking noise. Being unable to hear this sound while driving can cause potentially dangerous issues. Missing the sound of your blinker can lead to accidents as fellow motorists are unsure of your intentions on the road.
5. Oven Timer Ringing
Most oven appliances come with a built in timer that alerts you when your food is cooked and ready to be taken out. Being unable to hear the timer go off can pose a very dangerous situation, causing you to forget that your oven is still going.
Pets let you know that they are hungry, thirsty, or need to be taken outside through small whimpers or barks. Generally whimpers and high-pitched barks are unable to be heard by those with hearing loss, leaving your furry friend’s needs overlooked.
Hear the Sounds of Life Clearly Again
There are many sounds that we sometimes take for granted without even realizing. Most people don’t realize how the subtle nuisances of their day can become a thing of the past. If you have realized that you’re unable to hear one or more things on this list, it may be time to get your hearing checked. Contact us today and schedule a hearing test with one of our experienced audiologists to be sure that you aren’t missing the little sounds in life.