Hearing loss is usually an aggravating condition that can be the result of various things. There are some circumstances where hearing loss is a consequence of a more severe underlying health problem and isn’t simply the result of an injury or aging.
Watch out for these hearing loss red flags
Hearing loss will often throw up various red flags meaning it’s time for a hearing test. Here are some of those red flags that should make you pay attention.
Difficulties hearing on the phone
Even with a volume control setting, you may find it hard to hear the individual you are talking to on the phone. You need to call us for a hearing test if you find yourself constantly turning the volume up on your phone.
Trouble following conversations
At times, we get lost when we’re having conversations even when our hearing is healthy, but if it occurs frequently, particularly when more than two people are talking, it’s probably an indication of hearing loss.
People around you are complaining about the rising volume of your TV
Following along with tv shows, particularly when there’s music and dialog, can be difficult. It’s worthwhile to know that turning the television up louder doesn’t always clear up the sound. But it’s time to get your hearing checked if your neighbors can hear your TV or if you continuously need the volume on a very loud setting.
Trouble hearing in noisy environments
It typically means you’re struggling to separate speech from background noise if hearing in a public place has become difficult. People who are experiencing 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’re unable to hear them, that doesn’t necessarily indicate you have hearing loss. Still, 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 correctly.
Misunderstanding what people say
Misunderstanding what people are saying can be awkward and is often an indication of high frequency hearing loss. This type of hearing loss makes it hard to discern speech.
Contact us for a hearing test 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.