Hearing loss is usually an aggravating condition that can be caused by various things. There are some circumstances where hearing loss is caused by a more serious underlying health problem and isn’t just the result of aging or an injury.
These are some hearing loss red flags you should watch for
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 pay attention.
Having trouble hearing phone calls
You might be having a difficult time hearing phone calls even with the volume setting. If you are continually turning the volume up louder and louder on your cell phone or landline, you should make an appointment as soon as possible for a hearing assessment.
Difficulty making out conversations
Even though getting lost when you’re having a conversation isn’t always a sign of hearing loss, it might be a sign of hearing loss if you regularly have trouble processing the conversation when two or more people are talking simultaneously.
Neighbors and family members are complaining about a loud TV
Following along with tv shows, especially when there’s music and dialog, can be challenging. We need to understand that the sound doesn’t necessarily get clearer when you crank the volume up. 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 high setting.
Difficulty hearing in loud environments
If you are in a public place and the background sound makes it hard to hear the others with you, it usually means you struggle to mask background noise and tune into speech. People who are going through hearing loss most commonly have this complaint.
You say “what” a lot
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. Still, it might be a red flag that you aren’t receiving and processing speech correctly if the word “what” is the most used word in your vocabulary.
Failing to understand what people are saying
It can be an indication of high frequency hearing loss, often an embarrassing one, if you regularly misunderstand what people are saying. This form of hearing loss makes it hard to discern speech.
Call us for a hearing exam as soon as you can if you are noticing any of the above red flags. Here’s the good news, hearing testing is easy and the stigma of hearing loss is a thing of the past so there’s no reason to continue to have trouble hearing.