Hearing loss can be a consequence of many things and is generally very aggravating. There are some situations where hearing loss is a consequence of a more severe underlying health condition and isn’t merely the result of aging or an injury.
Look out for these hearing loss red flags
Hearing loss will frequently throw up a number of red flags meaning it’s time for a hearing exam. Here are some of those red flags that should make you pay attention.
Having trouble hearing phone calls
You might be having a hard time hearing phone calls even with the volume setting. If you are continually cranking the volume up louder and louder on your cell phone or landline, you need to make an appointment as soon as you can for a hearing assessment.
Difficulty following conversations
Even though getting lost when you’re having a conversation isn’t always a sign of hearing loss, it might be a sign of hearing loss if you regularly have a hard time processing the conversation when two or more people are talking simultaneously.
People around you are complaining about the increasing volume of your TV
It can be challenging to follow tv shows, particularly if music is combined with dialog. It’s important to know that cranking the television up louder doesn’t always clear up the sound. But if you constantly need the television turned 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 check your hearing.
Trouble hearing in noisy settings
If you are in a public place and the background sound makes it difficult to hear the other people with you, it typically means you struggle to mask background noise and tune into speech. This is one of the most common complaints of individuals who are developing hearing loss.
You keep asking people what they said
Simply because you can’t hear someone mumbling several feet away doesn’t mean you have hearing loss. Still, it may be a red flag that you aren’t receiving and processing speech correctly if the word “what” is the most used word in your vocabulary.
Misunderstanding what people are saying
It can be an indication of high frequency hearing loss, often an embarrassing one, if you regularly misunderstand what people are saying. This means you are unable to discern the sounds of speech.
Call us for a hearing exam as soon as you can if you are experiencing any of the above red flags. Here’s the good news, hearing testing is easy and the stigma of hearing loss is a thing of the past so there’s no reason to keep having difficulty hearing.