Hearing loss is generally a frustrating condition that can be caused by a variety of things. There are some circumstances where hearing loss is related to a more serious underlying health problem and isn’t just the result of an injury or aging.
Look out for these hearing loss red flags
Hearing loss will often throw up a number of red flags indicating it’s time for a hearing test. Here are some of those red flags that should make you take notice.
Having difficulty hearing phone calls
You might be having a difficult time hearing phone calls even with the volume setting. You should call us for a hearing test if you find yourself constantly turning the volume up on your phone.
Trouble following conversations
Sometimes, 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 likely 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 understand 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 constantly need the volume on a very loud setting.
Trouble hearing in noisy settings
If you are in a public place and the background sound makes it hard to hear the other people with you, it typically means you struggle to filter out background noise and tune into speech. Individuals who are going through hearing loss most frequently have this complaint.
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 always mean you have hearing loss. However, 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 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 means you are not capable of discerning the sounds of speech.
Call us for a hearing test as soon as you can if you are experiencing any of the above red flags. 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 difficulty hearing.