Hearing loss is usually a frustrating condition that can be the result of a variety of things. While hearing loss is often caused by age or an injury, in some circumstances, hearing loss may be an indication of a more serious root medical issue.
These are some hearing loss red flags you should look for
There are varieties of red flags that might be an indication of hearing loss and that it’s time to schedule a hearing assessment appointment. Pay attention if any of these red flags show up.
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 cranking the volume up louder and louder on your cell phone or landline, you should make an appointment as soon as you can for a hearing assessment.
Trouble making out conversations
At times, we get lost during conversations even when our hearing is healthy, but if it occurs frequently, particularly when more than two people are talking, it’s probably a sign of hearing loss.
Family & neighbors are complaining about a loud TV
Following along with tv shows, particularly when there’s dialog and music, can be a challenge. We need to understand that the sound doesn’t automatically get clearer when you turn up the volume. But if you consistently need the television cranked 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 get your hearing checked.
Difficulty hearing in noisy environments
If you are in a public place and the background sound makes it hard to hear the others with you, it generally means you struggle to mask background noise and tune into speech. Individuals who are going through 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 always 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 are saying
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.
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 has nearly vanished, the testing is easy, and with the modern developments in hearing aid technologies, there’s no reason for you to keep suffering with hearing loss.