Hearing loss can be a consequence of many things and is usually extremely frustrating. There are some circumstances where hearing loss is related to a more serious underlying health condition and isn’t merely the result of an injury or aging.
Look out for these hearing loss red flags
There are varieties of red flags that might be a sign of hearing loss and that it’s time to schedule a hearing test appointment. Here are a few of those red flags that should make you take notice.
Having difficulty hearing phone calls
Even with a volume control setting, you may find it hard to hear the individual you are talking to on the telephone. If you are constantly turning the volume up louder and louder on your cell phone or landline, you should schedule an appointment as soon as possible for a hearing exam.
Difficulty making out conversations
Although getting lost during a conversation isn’t always a sign of hearing loss, it may be a sign of hearing loss if you frequently have a hard time processing the conversation when two or more people are talking simultaneously.
People around you are complaining about the rising volume of your TV
Following along with tv shows, especially when there’s music and dialog, can be challenging. It’s important to understand that cranking the television up louder doesn’t always make the sound clearer. But if you continuously need the tv cranked 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 typically means you’re struggling to distinguish speech from background noise if hearing in a public place has become difficult. This is one of the most prevalent complaints of people who are going through hearing loss.
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 always indicate you have hearing loss. Still, if you say the word “what” more than any other word in your vocabulary, it might be a red flag that you aren’t getting sound signals clearly in order to process speech properly.
Misunderstanding 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 hard to discern speech.
Contact us for a hearing assessments as soon as you can if you are noticing any of the above red flags. Fortunately, the stigma that was once related to hearing loss has nearly vanished, the testing is simple, and with the modern advances in hearing aid technologies, there’s no reason for you to keep suffering with hearing loss.