Hearing loss is generally a frustrating condition that can be the result of a number of things. There are some situations where hearing loss is a consequence of a more severe underlying health problem and isn’t just the result of an injury or aging.
These are some hearing loss red flags you should watch for
Hearing loss will frequently throw up various red flags meaning it’s time for a hearing test. Pay attention if any of these red flags manifest.
Trouble hearing on the telephone
You may be having a difficult time hearing phone calls even with the volume setting. You should call us for a hearing exam if you find yourself constantly turning up the volume on your phone.
Difficulty following conversations
At times, we get lost when we’re having conversations even when our hearing is normal, but if it occurs frequently, particularly when more than two people are talking, it’s probably a sign of hearing loss.
People around you are complaining about the rising volume of your TV
Following along with television shows, particularly when there’s dialog and music, can be a challenge. It’s important to understand that cranking the television up louder doesn’t always clear up the sound. But it’s time to get your hearing assessed if your neighbors can hear your TV or if you constantly need the volume on a very loud setting.
Difficulty hearing in loud environments
It normally means you’re struggling to differentiate speech from background noise if hearing in a public place has become difficult. People who are developing hearing loss most commonly have this complaint.
You say “what” a lot
If somebody is mumbling a few feet from you and you can’t hear them, that doesn’t always indicate you have hearing loss. Still, it could 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 say
It can be an indication of high frequency hearing loss, often an awkward one, if you frequently misunderstand what people are saying. This means you are unable to discern the sounds of speech.
If you are dealing with any of the above red flags, you should schedule a hearing assessment as soon as possible. The good news is, hearing testing is easy and the stigma of hearing loss is a thing of the past so there’s no reason to keep having trouble hearing.