Hearing loss can be a consequence of numerous things and is generally incredibly aggravating. Even though hearing loss is usually the result of age or an injury, in some circumstances, hearing loss might be a symptom of a more severe root medical issue.
Watch out for these hearing loss red flags
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 show up.
Difficulties hearing on the phone
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 continuously turning the volume up on your phone.
Difficulty following conversations
Sometimes, we get lost during conversations even when our hearing is healthy, but if it occurs often, particularly when more than two people are talking, it’s likely a sign of hearing loss.
People around you are complaining about the increasing volume of your TV
It can be difficult to follow television programs, particularly if music is combined with dialog. We need to recognize that the sound doesn’t necessarily get clearer when you turn up the volume. But if you continuously need the tv turned up to a high volume that is unpleasant for other people in the room or if your neighbors can hear your television, it is time to check your hearing.
Trouble hearing in noisy settings
It typically means you’re struggling to differentiate speech from background sound if hearing in a public place has become difficult. Individuals who are developing hearing loss most frequently 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 necessarily 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 receiving sound signals clearly in order to process speech properly.
Failing to understand what people say
It can be a sign of high frequency hearing loss, often an awkward one, if you frequently misunderstand what people are saying. This type of hearing loss makes it difficult to discern speech.
If you are noticing any of the above red flags, you should schedule a hearing exam 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 continue to have difficulty hearing.