Hearing loss can be caused by numerous things and is usually extremely frustrating. There are some circumstances where hearing loss is related to a more severe underlying health condition and isn’t just the result of aging or an injury.
Look out for these hearing loss red flags
Hearing loss will frequently throw up a variety of red flags meaning it’s time for a hearing exam. Here are a few of those red flags that should make you take notice.
Difficulties hearing on the telephone
Even with a volume control setting, you may find it difficult to hear the individual you are talking to on the phone. You need to call us for a hearing test if you find yourself continuously turning up the volume on your phone.
Trouble making out conversations
Even though getting lost when you’re having a conversation isn’t always a sign of hearing loss, it may be a sign of hearing loss if you frequently have trouble processing the conversation when two or more individuals are talking simultaneously.
People around you are complaining about the increasing volume of your TV
Following along with television shows, particularly when there’s dialog and music, can be challenging. We need to recognize that the sound doesn’t automatically get clearer when you crank the volume up. But if you constantly need the tv turned up to a high volume that is uncomfortable for other people in the room or if your neighbors can hear your television, it is time to check your hearing.
Trouble hearing in noisy environments
If you are in a public location and the background noise makes it hard to hear the others with you, it typically means you struggle to filter out background noise and focus on speech. People who are developing 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’re unable to hear them, that doesn’t necessarily indicate you have hearing loss. However, it might 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 are saying
Misunderstanding what people are saying can be awkward and is frequently a sign of high frequency hearing loss. This form of hearing loss makes it hard to discern speech.
Call us for a hearing assessments as soon as you can if you are experiencing any of the above red flags. The good news is, hearing testing is simple and the stigma of hearing loss is a thing of the past so there’s no reason to continue to have trouble hearing.