Hearing loss is generally a frustrating condition that can be caused by various things. There are some situations where hearing loss is related to a more serious underlying health condition and isn’t simply the result of an injury or aging.
These are some hearing loss red flags you should look for
Hearing loss will frequently throw up a variety of red flags meaning it’s time for a hearing assessment. Here are some of those red flags that should make you take notice.
Trouble hearing on the telephone
You might be having a hard time hearing phone calls even with the volume setting. If you are continually turning the volume up louder and louder on your cell phone or landline, you should schedule an appointment as soon as you can for a hearing evaluation.
Trouble following conversations
Although getting lost when you’re having a conversation isn’t always an indication of hearing loss, it may be a sign of hearing loss if you frequently have trouble processing the conversation when two or more people are talking simultaneously.
People around you are complaining about the rising volume of your TV
Following along with tv shows, particularly when there’s music and dialog, can be difficult. We need to recognize that the sound doesn’t necessarily get clearer when you crank the volume up. But it’s time to have your hearing assessed if your neighbors can hear your TV or if you continuously need the volume on a really loud setting.
Trouble hearing in loud settings
It typically means you’re struggling to distinguish speech from background sound if hearing in a public place has become challenging. This is one of the most common complaints of individuals who are going through hearing loss.
You say “what” frequently
If somebody is mumbling a few feet from you and you’re unable to hear them, that doesn’t necessarily indicate you have hearing loss. However, if you say the word “what” more than any other word in your vocabulary, it may be a red flag that you aren’t receiving sound signals clearly in order to process speech correctly.
Misunderstanding what people say
It can be a sign of high frequency hearing loss, often an awkward one, if you regularly misunderstand what people are saying. This means you are not capable of discerning the sounds of speech.
Call us for a hearing test as soon as you can if you are experiencing any of the above red flags. Fortunately, the stigma that was once associated with hearing loss has nearly vanished, the exam is easy, and with the modern advances in hearing aid technologies, there is no reason for you to keep suffering with hearing loss.