Hearing loss is usually a frustrating condition that can be caused by a variety of things. There are some situations where hearing loss is a consequence of a more serious underlying health condition and isn’t merely the result of aging or an injury.
These are some hearing loss red flags you should watch for
There are varieties of red flags that might be an indication of hearing loss and that it’s time to schedule a hearing test appointment. Here are a few 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 schedule an appointment as soon as possible for a hearing exam.
Trouble following conversations
Sometimes, we get lost during conversations even when our hearing is normal, but if it happens often, especially when more than two people are talking, it’s most likely an indication of hearing loss.
Neighbors and family members are complaining about a loud TV
Following along with tv shows, especially 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 it’s time to have your hearing checked if your neighbors can hear your TV or if you continuously need the volume on a very high setting.
Difficulty hearing in loud environments
It usually means you’re struggling to separate speech from background sound if hearing in a public place has become challenging. People who are experiencing hearing loss most commonly have this complaint.
You say “what” a lot
If someone is mumbling a few feet from you and you’re unable to hear them, that doesn’t always indicate you have hearing loss. Still, if you say the word “what” more than any other word in your vocabulary, it might be a red flag that you aren’t getting sound signals clearly in order to process speech properly.
Failing to understand what people are saying
Misunderstanding what people say can be embarrassing and is often an indication of high frequency hearing loss. This form of hearing loss makes it difficult to discern speech.
Call 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 associated with hearing loss has nearly vanished, the testing is simple, and with the modern advances in hearing aid technologies, there’s no reason for you to continue to suffer with hearing loss.