Hearing loss is usually a frustrating condition that can be caused by a number of things. Although hearing loss is often due to age or an injury, in some situations, hearing loss may be a symptom of a more severe underlying medical issue.
These are some hearing loss red flags you should watch for
There are a number of red flags that might be a sign of hearing loss and that it’s time to schedule a hearing assessment appointment. Here are a few of those red flags that should make you pay attention.
Trouble hearing on the phone
Even with a volume control setting, you might find it difficult to hear the person you are talking to on the phone. If you are continually turning the volume up louder and louder on your cell phone or landline, you should make an appointment as soon as possible for a hearing assessment.
Trouble making out conversations
At times, we get lost when we’re having conversations even when our hearing is healthy, but if it happens frequently, particularly when more than two people are talking, it’s most likely an indication of hearing loss.
People around you are complaining about the rising volume of your TV
Following along with tv shows, especially when there’s music and dialog, can be difficult. It’s worthwhile to understand that cranking the tv up louder doesn’t always make the sound clearer. But it’s time to get your hearing checked if your neighbors can hear your TV or if you constantly need the volume on a really loud setting.
Difficulty hearing in loud environments
It normally means you’re struggling to distinguish speech from background noise if hearing in a public place has become challenging. Individuals who are experiencing hearing loss most commonly have this complaint.
You keep asking people what they said
If someone is mumbling a few feet from you and you can’t hear them, that doesn’t necessarily indicate you have hearing loss. However, it may be a red flag that you aren’t receiving and processing speech properly if the word “what” is the most used word in your vocabulary.
Misunderstanding 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 hard to discern speech.
Contact 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 related to hearing loss no longer exists, the testing is easy, and with the modern developments in hearing aid technologies, there is no reason for you to keep suffering with hearing loss.