Hearing loss is usually an aggravating condition that can be the result of a number of things. Although hearing loss is often the result of age or an injury, in some situations, hearing loss may be a symptom of a more severe underlying medical issue.
Watch out for these hearing loss red flags
Hearing loss will frequently throw up a variety of red flags meaning it’s time for a hearing assessment. Here are some of those red flags that should make you take notice.
Having trouble hearing phone calls
Even with a volume control setting, you might find it hard to hear the individual you are talking to on the telephone. You should call us for a hearing test if you find yourself continuously turning the volume up on your phone.
Trouble making out conversations
At times, we get lost when we’re having conversations even when our hearing is normal, but if it happens frequently, particularly when more than two people are talking, it’s most likely a sign of hearing loss.
People around you are complaining about the rising volume of your TV
It can be difficult to hear television programs, especially if music is combined with dialog. It’s worthwhile to understand that turning the tv up louder doesn’t always clear up the sound. But if you constantly need the tv cranked up to a high volume that is unpleasant for other people in the room or if your neighbors can hear your television, it is time to check your hearing.
Trouble hearing in loud environments
If you are in a public location and the background sound makes it difficult to hear the other people with you, it typically means you struggle to mask background noise and focus on speech. This is one of the most prevalent complaints of individuals who are experiencing hearing loss.
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 automatically 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.
Failing to understand what people say
It can be a sign of high frequency hearing loss, often an awkward one, if you regularly misunderstand what people are saying. This type of hearing loss makes it challenging to discern speech.
If you are experiencing any of the above red flags, you should schedule a hearing assessment as soon as you can. 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 trouble hearing.