Hearing loss can be a consequence of numerous things and is usually incredibly frustrating. There are some situations where hearing loss is related to a more severe underlying health condition and isn’t merely the result of aging or an injury.
Watch out for these hearing loss red flags
There are varieties of red flags that may be a sign of hearing loss and that it’s time to schedule a hearing assessment appointment. Pay attention if any of these red flags appear.
Difficulties hearing on the phone
You may 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 constantly turning the volume up on your phone.
Trouble following conversations
Even though getting lost during a conversation isn’t always a sign of hearing loss, it may be a sign of hearing loss if you regularly have a hard time processing the conversation when two or more individuals are talking at the same time.
People around you are complaining about the increasing volume of your TV
Following along with tv shows, especially when there’s dialog and music, can be a challenge. We need to recognize that the sound doesn’t necessarily get clearer when you crank up the volume. But if you consistently need the television cranked up to a high volume that is uncomfortable for others in the room or if your neighbors are hearing your television, it is time to check your hearing.
Trouble hearing in noisy environments
If you are in a public place and the background sound makes it difficult to hear the other people with you, it usually means you struggle to mask background noise and focus on speech. Individuals who are experiencing hearing loss most commonly have this complaint.
You say “what” frequently
Just because you can’t hear someone mumbling several feet away doesn’t mean you have hearing loss. However, it could 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 say
Misunderstanding what people are saying can be awkward and is frequently an indication of high frequency hearing loss. This form of hearing loss makes it challenging to distinguish speech.
Call us for a hearing test as soon as you can if you are noticing any of the above red flags. Fortunately, the stigma that was once associated with hearing loss no longer exists, 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.