Hearing loss can be a consequence of many things and is generally very frustrating. There are some circumstances where hearing loss is a consequence of a more severe underlying health condition and isn’t merely the result of aging or an injury.
Look out for these hearing loss red flags
Hearing loss will frequently throw up various red flags indicating it’s time for a hearing exam. Pay attention if any of these red flags show up.
Having difficulty hearing phone calls
You may be having a difficult time hearing phone calls even with the volume setting. You need to call us for a hearing test if you find yourself continuously turning the volume up on your phone.
Trouble following conversations
Although getting lost during 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 tv shows, especially when there’s dialog and music, can be a challenge. It’s important to understand that turning the television up louder doesn’t always clear up the sound. But if you constantly need the television cranked up to a high volume that is uncomfortable for other people in the room or if your neighbors can hear your television, it is time to get your hearing checked.
Difficulty hearing in loud environments
It normally means you’re struggling to distinguish speech from background noise if hearing in a public place has become a challenge. People who are going through hearing loss most frequently have this complaint.
You say “what” a lot
If somebody 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 properly.
Failing to understand what people say
It can be an indication of high frequency hearing loss, often an embarrassing one, if you frequently misunderstand what people are saying. This means you are not capable of discerning the sounds of speech.
If you are noticing any of the above red flags, you should schedule a hearing test as soon as you can. Here’s the good news, hearing testing is simple and the stigma of hearing loss is a thing of the past so there’s no reason to continue to have trouble hearing.