Hearing loss can be a consequence of numerous things and is usually very frustrating. There are some situations where hearing loss is related to a more severe underlying health condition and isn’t merely the result of an injury or aging.
Look out for these hearing loss red flags
Hearing loss will often throw up a number of red flags indicating it’s time for a hearing test. Pay attention if any of these red flags show up.
Trouble hearing on the telephone
You might be having a hard time hearing phone calls even with the volume setting. You should call us for a hearing test if you find yourself continuously turning up the volume on your phone.
Trouble following conversations
Sometimes, we get lost during conversations even when our hearing is healthy, but if it happens frequently, particularly when more than two people are talking, it’s likely a sign of hearing loss.
Neighbors and family members are complaining about a loud TV
It can be challenging to hear tv shows, especially if music is combined with dialog. It’s worthwhile to know that turning the television up louder doesn’t always clear up the sound. But it’s time to have your hearing assessed if your neighbors can hear your TV or if you constantly need the volume on a really loud setting.
Difficulty hearing in loud environments
If you are in a public place and the background noise makes it difficult to hear the other people with you, it usually means you struggle to mask background noise and focus on speech. This is one of the most prevalent complaints of individuals who are experiencing hearing loss.
You keep asking people what they said
Just because you aren’t able to hear someone 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 awkward one, if you regularly misunderstand what people are saying. This means you are not capable of discerning the sounds of speech.
Contact us for a hearing exam as soon as you can if you are noticing any of the above red flags. Luckily, the stigma that was once associated with hearing loss has nearly vanished, the testing is easy, and with the modern advances in hearing aid technologies, there’s no reason for you to keep suffering with hearing loss.