Hearing loss is usually a frustrating condition that can be caused by a number of things. There are some circumstances 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
Hearing loss will frequently throw up a variety of red flags indicating it’s time for a hearing assessment. Here are some of those red flags that should make you pay attention.
Difficulties hearing on the telephone
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 constantly cranking the volume up on your phone.
Difficulty following conversations
Although getting lost when you’re having a conversation isn’t always an indication 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 at the same time.
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. We need to understand that the sound doesn’t automatically get clearer when you turn the volume up. But if you continuously need the tv turned up to a high volume that is uncomfortable for others in the room or if your neighbors can hear your television, it is time to get your hearing checked.
Difficulty hearing in noisy environments
It normally means you’re struggling to differentiate speech from background sound if hearing in a public place has become a challenge. People who are developing hearing loss most commonly have this complaint.
You keep asking people what they said
If somebody is mumbling a few feet from you and you’re unable to hear them, that doesn’t always mean 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 are saying
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 not capable of discerning the sounds of speech.
If you are experiencing any of the above red flags, you should schedule a hearing test as soon as you can. Fortunately, the stigma that was once associated with hearing loss has nearly vanished, the exam is simple, and with the modern advances in hearing aid technologies, there is no reason for you to keep suffering with hearing loss.