Hearing loss is generally an aggravating condition that can be caused by a number of things. There are some circumstances where hearing loss is a consequence of a more serious underlying health problem and isn’t merely the result of an injury or aging.
These are some hearing loss red flags you should watch for
Hearing loss will often throw up a number of red flags meaning it’s time for a hearing test. Here are some of those red flags that should make you pay attention.
Difficulties hearing on the phone
You might be having a difficult time hearing phone calls even with the volume setting. If you are constantly cranking the volume up louder and louder on your cell phone or landline, you should make an appointment as soon as possible for a hearing exam.
Difficulty making out conversations
Even though getting lost during a conversation isn’t always an indication of hearing loss, it might be a sign of hearing loss if you regularly have a hard time processing the conversation when two or more people are talking at the same time.
Neighbors and family members are complaining about a loud TV
Following along with tv shows, particularly when there’s music and dialog, can be a challenge. We need to recognize that the sound doesn’t automatically get clearer when you turn up the volume. But if you continuously need the tv turned up to a high volume that is uncomfortable for other people in the room or if your neighbors are hearing your television, it is time to get your hearing checked.
Difficulty hearing in noisy settings
If you are in a public location and the background sound makes it difficult to hear the other people with you, it generally means you struggle to filter out background noise and tune into speech. People who are experiencing hearing loss most frequently have this complaint.
You say “what” frequently
Just because you can’t hear somebody mumbling several feet away doesn’t mean you have hearing loss. Still, 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.
Failing to understand what people say
It can be an indication of high frequency hearing loss, often an embarrassing one, if you regularly misunderstand what people are saying. This type of hearing loss makes it difficult to distinguish speech.
Call us for a hearing assessments as soon as you can if you are experiencing any of the above red flags. Luckily, the stigma that was once linked to hearing loss no longer exists, the exam is simple, and with the modern developments in hearing aid technologies, there’s no reason for you to continue to suffer with hearing loss.