Hearing loss can be brought on by many things and is usually very aggravating. There are some circumstances where hearing loss is caused by a more severe underlying health condition and isn’t simply the result of an injury or aging.
Look out for these hearing loss red flags
There are a number of red flags that may be an indication of hearing loss and that it’s time to schedule a hearing test appointment. Pay attention if any of these red flags show up.
Trouble hearing on the phone
Even with a volume control setting, you might find it difficult to hear the individual you are talking to on the phone. You need to call us for a hearing exam if you find yourself continuously turning up the volume on your phone.
Trouble making out conversations
Sometimes, we get lost during conversations even when our hearing is normal, but if it happens frequently, particularly when more than two people are talking, it’s probably a sign of hearing loss.
Family & neighbors are complaining about a loud TV
It can be a challenge to follow television programs, especially if music is combined with dialog. 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 checked if your neighbors can hear your TV or if you constantly need the volume on a very high setting.
Trouble hearing in loud settings
It typically means you’re struggling to differentiate speech from background sound if hearing in a public place has become challenging. Individuals who are going through hearing loss most frequently have this complaint.
You say “what” a lot
Just because you can’t hear someone mumbling several feet away doesn’t mean you have hearing loss. However, it might 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
It can be a sign of high frequency hearing loss, often an embarrassing one, if you regularly misunderstand what people are saying. This type of hearing loss makes it hard to discern speech.
If you are noticing any of the above red flags, you should schedule a hearing exam as soon as you can. Fortunately, the stigma that was once related to hearing loss has nearly vanished, the testing is simple, and with the modern developments in hearing aid technologies, there is no reason for you to keep suffering with hearing loss.