Hearing that is equally balanced between both ears is important for being able to focus on a voice in a small group or in a large room.
Phones generally amplify sound about five times louder than normal speech. Difficulty hearing on the phone may help to explain trouble hearing in other situations.
Difficulty with sound direction can effect the ability to focus during common listening situations. It also raises safety concerns where awareness of your surroundings is crucial – such as driving, walking and on the job.
People that have measurable high-frequency hearing loss often don’t hear birds singing. They also can miss many important speech sounds.
Excessive TV volume can make it hard to hear other household sounds, such as an important phone call or knock at the door. This can also indicate that you may be having trouble understanding normal levels of speech.
Straining to hear may be the beginning indication of mild hearing loss. Hearing and understanding is a skill that diminishes when our hearing begins to change as we age.
Tinnitus is not a disease but a symptom that can result from a number of causes. One cause is noise-induced hearing loss.