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Initial Symptoms of Hearing Loss


Do you recognize these initial symptoms of hearing loss?

Hearing loss isn’t always obvious. Many forms of hearing loss are subtle and may only involve difficulty in hearing certain sounds or with background noise. Before you dismiss a symptom as a bad habit or rudeness, take some time to learn the true symptoms of hearing loss.

* Tinnitus — Ringing or buzzing in the ears can be high pitched, intermittent or constant and sometimes accompanied by vertigo.

* Repeating — if you ask to have things repeated, it could be a symptom of higher-level hearing loss.

* Turning up the volume — Do you turn up the television really loud? It may come across as rudeness, but can be another symptom.

* Inability to hear female or children voices — Females and children speak at a higher frequency and the inability to hear these is an early symptom.

* Depression, isolation and social anxiety — Difficulty hearing in crowds or an inability to decipher what is being said are reasons why people with hearing loss tend to isolate themselves. These symptoms often go unrecognized as being part of hearing loss.

* Some sounds seem too loud — It may seem contrary, but this is due to the fact that someone with hearing loss has different sound ranges missing. When a sound within range travels to the ears of someone with hearing loss, they are often startled by sound.


Business to Business Showcase 2020

Table DisplayPlease join Waterville Audiology at the Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce Business to Business on March 26th from 12:00noon -6:00pm.  It is at the Colby College Field House located at 4000 Mayflower Hill in Waterville.  You will be able to find us at booth #63.  Come spin our prize wheel for give-aways and enter someone you know hard of hearing for a free set of hearing aids. 

What Are You Not Hearing?

When we discuss hearing loss, people often shrug it off because silence is easy to ignore. It’s also easy to dismiss an inability to hear on a phone or in a crowded restaurant as being an isolated incident.

The truth is that hearing loss occurs at different levels, so not being able to hear in certain situations or environments can be a sign of hearing loss.

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Here are some questions than can help determine your hearing health and if you have a hearing deficit:

Hear Your Best this 2019 Holiday Season!

The holiday season is just around the corner! As you plan your family gatherings and celebration feasts, consider how valuable these times spent with loved ones are.

The holidays are special times everyone spends together. If you suffer from hearing loss, you're probably missing a lot during these celebrations. Hearing is critical to effective communication, and the holidays may be your only chance this year to communicate with the family members that are “on the go” or those that live far away.

Can I connect my hearing aids to Bluetooth-enabled device?

Yes, you can!  Today’s hearing aids make it possible for hearing impaired individuals to connect with electronic devices and stream signals directly to their hearing aids through the use of Bluetooth.

Bluetooth allows for the transfer of data between devices via high frequency radio waves. You can use compatible assistive listening devices, often called streamers, to provide a communication link between the wireless technology.  Streamers are typically worn around the neck or placed in a pocket for hands-free operation.  Call Waterville Audiology to discuss hearing aid streaming technology today at 207-872-0320.


Becca Rancourt, Au.D

Doctor of Audiology