Hearing loss is generally an aggravating condition that can be the result of various things. Even though hearing loss is commonly the result of age or an injury, in some circumstances, hearing loss may be a symptom of a more severe underlying medical issue.
Look 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. Here are a few of those red flags that should make you take notice.
Difficulties hearing on the phone
You might be having a difficult time hearing phone calls even with the volume setting. You need to call us for a hearing exam if you find yourself continuously turning the volume up on your phone.
Trouble making out conversations
At times, we get lost during conversations even when our hearing is healthy, but if it happens often, especially when more than two people are talking, it’s probably a sign of hearing loss.
Family & neighbors are complaining about a loud TV
It can be difficult to follow television programs, particularly if music is combined with dialog. We need to understand that the sound doesn’t necessarily get clearer when you crank up the volume. But if you continuously need the tv cranked up to a high volume that is unpleasant for others in the room or if your neighbors are hearing your television, it is time to get your hearing checked.
Trouble hearing in loud environments
It typically means you’re struggling to distinguish speech from background sound if hearing in a public place has become challenging. Individuals who are developing 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 indicate you have hearing loss. However, if you say the word “what” more than any other word in your vocabulary, it may be a red flag that you aren’t getting sound signals clearly in order to process speech properly.
Failing to understand what people say
It can be an indication of high frequency hearing loss, often an embarrassing one, if you regularly misunderstand what people are saying. This type of hearing loss makes it difficult to distinguish speech.
Contact us for a hearing exam as soon as you can if you are noticing any of the above red flags. The good news is, hearing testing is simple and the stigma of hearing loss is a thing of the past so there’s no reason to keep having difficulty hearing.