Hearing loss can be a consequence of numerous things and is generally incredibly frustrating. While hearing loss is commonly caused by age or an injury, in some circumstances, hearing loss may be an indication of a more severe underlying medical issue.
Look 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 exam. Here are a few of those red flags that should make you pay attention.
Having difficulty hearing phone calls
Even with a volume control setting, you might find it hard to hear the person you are talking to on the telephone. You need to call us for a hearing test if you find yourself continuously turning the volume up on your phone.
Difficulty making out conversations
Although getting lost when you’re having a conversation isn’t always an indication of hearing loss, it might be a sign of hearing loss if you frequently have difficulty processing the conversation when two or more individuals are talking at the same time.
Neighbors and family members are complaining about a loud TV
Following along with tv shows, particularly when there’s music and dialog, can be a challenge. It’s worthwhile to understand that cranking the television up louder doesn’t always make the sound clearer. But it’s time to get your hearing examined if your neighbors can hear your TV or if you constantly need the volume on a very high setting.
Difficulty hearing in noisy settings
If you are in a public place and the background sound makes it difficult to hear the other people with you, it usually means you struggle to filter out background noise and tune into speech. This is one of the most common complaints of people who are experiencing hearing loss.
You say “what” frequently
If somebody is mumbling a few feet from you and you can’t hear them, that doesn’t always mean 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 correctly.
Misunderstanding what people say
It can be a sign of high frequency hearing loss, often an awkward one, if you frequently misunderstand what people are saying. This form of hearing loss makes it difficult to distinguish speech.
Contact us for a hearing assessments as soon as you can if you are noticing any of the above red flags. Fortunately, the stigma that was once related to hearing loss no longer exists, the exam is easy, and with the modern advances in hearing aid technologies, there is no reason for you to keep suffering with hearing loss.