Hearing loss can be caused by many things and is generally incredibly frustrating. There are some circumstances where hearing loss is a consequence of a more severe underlying health problem and isn’t merely the result of aging or an injury.
These are some hearing loss red flags you should look for
There are varieties of red flags that may be an indication of hearing loss and that it’s time to schedule a hearing test appointment. Here are some of those red flags that should make you take notice.
Having trouble hearing phone calls
You may be having a difficult time hearing phone calls even with the volume setting. If you are constantly cranking the volume up louder and louder on your cell phone or landline, you need to schedule an appointment as soon as possible for a hearing exam.
Trouble following conversations
Even though getting lost when you’re having a conversation isn’t always an indication of hearing loss, it may be a sign of hearing loss if you frequently have a hard time processing the conversation when two or more individuals are talking simultaneously.
People around you are complaining about the rising volume of your TV
Following along with television shows, especially when there’s dialog and music, can be a challenge. It’s important to recognize that turning the tv up louder doesn’t always clear up the sound. But if you continuously 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 loud environments
It normally means you’re struggling to differentiate speech from background noise if hearing in a public place has become difficult. People who are experiencing hearing loss most commonly have this complaint.
You keep asking people what they said
Simply because you can’t hear somebody mumbling several feet away doesn’t mean you have hearing loss. However, it could 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.