Hearing loss is usually a frustrating condition that can be caused by a number of things. There are some situations where hearing loss is caused by a more severe underlying health problem and isn’t merely the result of an injury or aging.
These are some hearing loss red flags you should watch for
There are varieties of red flags that may be a sign of hearing loss and that it’s time to schedule a hearing test appointment. Pay attention if any of these red flags manifest.
Trouble hearing on the phone
Even with a volume control setting, you might find it difficult to hear the individual you are talking to on the phone. You should call us for a hearing exam if you find yourself constantly cranking the volume up on your phone.
Trouble making out conversations
Sometimes, we get lost when we’re having conversations even when our hearing is normal, but if it occurs often, particularly when more than two people are talking, it’s probably a sign of hearing loss.
Family & neighbors are complaining about a loud TV
Following along with television shows, particularly when there’s music and dialog, can be difficult. We need to understand that the sound doesn’t necessarily get clearer when you turn up the volume. But it’s time to have your hearing assessed if your neighbors can hear your TV or if you constantly need the volume on a really loud setting.
Trouble hearing in loud environments
It typically means you’re struggling to separate speech from background noise if hearing in a public place has become a challenge. Individuals who are developing hearing loss most frequently have this complaint.
You keep asking people what they said
Just because you can’t hear somebody mumbling several feet from you doesn’t mean 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 receiving sound signals clearly in order to process speech correctly.
Failing to understand what people are saying
It can be an indication of high frequency hearing loss, often an awkward one, if you regularly misunderstand what people are saying. This type of hearing loss makes it hard to discern speech.
Call us for a hearing test as soon as you can if you are noticing any of the above red flags. 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 difficulty hearing.