Hearing loss is generally an aggravating condition that can be the result of a number of things. While hearing loss is commonly caused by age or an injury, in some circumstances, hearing loss may be a symptom of a more severe underlying medical issue.
These are some hearing loss red flags you should look for
There are a number of red flags that may be an indication of hearing loss and that it’s time to schedule a hearing test appointment. 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 might find it difficult to hear the person you are talking to on the phone. If you are constantly cranking the volume up louder and louder on your cell phone or landline, you should make an appointment as soon as you can for a hearing evaluation.
Trouble following conversations
Sometimes, we get lost when we’re having conversations even when our hearing is healthy, but if it happens often, particularly when more than two people are talking, it’s probably an indication of hearing loss.
Neighbors and family members are complaining about a loud TV
Following along with tv shows, especially when there’s music and dialog, can be difficult. We need to recognize that the sound doesn’t necessarily get clearer when you crank the volume up. But it’s time to have your hearing assessed if your neighbors can hear your TV or if you continuously need the volume on a really loud setting.
Trouble hearing in loud environments
It normally means you’re struggling to differentiate speech from background sound if hearing in a public place has become difficult. Individuals who are experiencing hearing loss most commonly have this complaint.
You say “what” a lot
Simply because you aren’t able to hear someone mumbling several feet from you doesn’t mean you have hearing loss. Still, it may be a red flag that you aren’t receiving and processing speech properly if the word “what” is the most used word in your vocabulary.
Misunderstanding 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 type of hearing loss makes it hard to distinguish speech.
Contact us for a hearing assessments as soon as you can if you are noticing any of the above red flags. Luckily, the stigma that was once related to hearing loss has nearly vanished, the testing is easy, and with the modern developments in hearing aid technologies, there’s no reason for you to keep suffering with hearing loss.