Hearing loss is usually an aggravating condition that can be the result of various things. While hearing loss is usually due to age or an injury, in some situations, hearing loss may be an indication of a more severe root medical issue.
These are some hearing loss red flags you should look for
There are varieties of red flags that might be an indication of hearing loss and that it’s time to schedule a hearing assessment appointment. Here are a few of those red flags that should make you take notice.
Trouble hearing on the phone
You may be having a hard time hearing phone calls even with the volume setting. You should 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 during a conversation isn’t always an indication of hearing loss, it might be a sign of hearing loss if you frequently have a hard time processing the conversation when two or more people are talking at the same time.
Family & neighbors are complaining about a loud TV
Following along with television shows, particularly when there’s dialog and music, can be challenging. It’s worthwhile to know that cranking the tv up louder doesn’t always make the sound clearer. But it’s time to get your hearing checked if your neighbors can hear your TV or if you continuously need the volume on a really loud setting.
Difficulty hearing in noisy environments
If you are in a public location and the background sound makes it hard to hear the others with you, it generally means you struggle to filter out background noise and tune into speech. This is one of the most common complaints of individuals who are experiencing hearing loss.
You keep asking people what they said
If somebody is mumbling a few feet from you and you’re unable to hear them, that doesn’t always mean you have hearing loss. However, 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.
Failing to understand what people say
Misunderstanding what people say can be awkward and is frequently an indication of high frequency hearing loss. This form of hearing loss makes it difficult to discern speech.
If you are dealing with any of the above red flags, you should schedule a hearing test as soon as possible. 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 continue to have difficulty hearing.