Hearing loss can be a consequence of many things and is generally incredibly frustrating. There are some circumstances where hearing loss is caused by a more serious underlying health problem and isn’t just the result of an injury or aging.
These are some hearing loss red flags you should watch for
Hearing loss will frequently throw up various red flags indicating it’s time for a hearing exam. Here are some of those red flags that should make you pay attention.
Difficulties hearing on the telephone
You might be having a hard time hearing phone calls even with the volume setting. You need to call us for a hearing test if you find yourself constantly turning the volume up on your phone.
Trouble making out conversations
Even though getting lost during a conversation isn’t always a sign 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 simultaneously.
People around you are complaining about the rising volume of your TV
It can be challenging to follow tv shows, particularly if music is combined with dialog. We need to recognize that the sound doesn’t automatically get clearer when you crank up the volume. But if you constantly need the television turned up to a high volume that is uncomfortable for others in the room or if your neighbors can hear your television, it is time to get your hearing checked.
Trouble hearing in noisy environments
It normally means you’re struggling to separate speech from background sound if hearing in a public place has become challenging. This is one of the most prevalent complaints of people who are experiencing hearing loss.
You say “what” a lot
Just because you can’t hear someone mumbling several feet from you doesn’t 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 correctly.
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 form of hearing loss makes it challenging to discern 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 easy and the stigma of hearing loss is a thing of the past so there’s no reason to keep having difficulty hearing.