You might think that hearing loss and hearing problems would be obvious to spot. The truth, however, is that ear and hearing issues can arise subtly, without clear warning, and out of nowhere. Nonetheless, there are signs that you can look out for if you are concerned with hearing problems being an issue in your life. Given that hearing issues can arise for just about anyone, there is great value in making sure that you are prepared for the signs as they arise. Let’s look at some of the signs, subtle and more obvious, you might want to look out for.
It should be clear to anyone that experiencing frequent dizziness is hardly likely to be a good sign. But so many people experience dizziness and fail to properly appreciate its significance. As it happens, feeling dizzy – especially when it happens constantly or commonly – can be a sign that your ears are in trouble. Dizziness is a primary symptom of Meniere’s disease, which is a disorder of the inner ear prone to cause hearing loss. It is a serious disease, and if you feel dizzy, you should make sure that you see your doctor immediately, or as soon as you can.
Many of the signs are not clear simply because, to the layman, it seems unlikely that they could be connected to the ears or hearing. But one of the surest signs of inner ear problems is blurred vision, and if you experience this worrying symptom, you should be checked out immediately. Blurred vision can come about as a result of the dizziness, or as a more advanced sign of hearing or ear issues.
As is commonly known, the inner ear is a central area for the balancing of the body. Therefore, if you have problems balancing, you are almost certainly likely to find that you have some inner ear problems developing. An imbalance might occur from time to time, but if it persists then this can be a serious problem, and it’s not the kind of thing you want to shrug off. If left alone, the imbalanced feeling itself may worsen too, leading to sometimes quite severe disorientation.
Not all of the clear signs of ear problems are physical; an ear problem might also cause psychological symptoms, most commonly anxiety. The trouble with something like anxiety, of course, is that it can be an indicator of so many other health problems, and it is hard to pin down which. But if you are experiencing anxiety alongside any of the other symptoms listed here, you know that your ears might be the problem. This anxiety can arise because the dizzy feeling can lead to a racing heart, or the feeling that you are falling through the floor. Anxiety is never to be shrugged off anyway, but especially if you are also dizzy or imbalanced.
Your ears are important, so it’s vital that you keep a close eye on the above signs. If any of these arise and persist, you should see your physician immediately.