Hearing loss is usually a frustrating condition that can be the result of various things. While hearing loss is usually caused by age or an injury, in some circumstances, hearing loss might be an indication of a more severe underlying medical condition.
Look out for these hearing loss red flags
There are a number of red flags that may 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 take notice.
Trouble hearing on the phone
You may be having a hard 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 making out conversations
At times, we get lost when we’re having conversations even when our hearing is healthy, but if it happens frequently, especially 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
It can be a challenge to hear tv shows, particularly if music is combined with dialog. It’s worthwhile to understand that turning the tv up louder doesn’t always make the sound clearer. But if you constantly need the tv cranked up to a high volume that is unpleasant for others in the room or if your neighbors can hear your television, it is time to get your hearing checked.
Trouble hearing in loud environments
It usually means you’re struggling to distinguish speech from background noise if hearing in a public place has become a challenge. This is one of the most prevalent complaints of people who are experiencing hearing loss.
You say “what” frequently
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. 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 receiving sound signals clearly in order to process speech correctly.
Misunderstanding what people are saying
It can be a sign of high frequency hearing loss, often an embarrassing one, if you frequently misunderstand what people are saying. This means you are unable to discern the sounds of speech.
Contact us for a hearing assessments as soon as you can if you are experiencing any of the above red flags. Luckily, the stigma that was once linked to hearing loss no longer exists, 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.