Hearing loss is usually a frustrating condition that can be the result of various things. While hearing loss is commonly caused by age or an injury, in some situations, hearing loss may be an indication of a more serious underlying medical condition.
These are some hearing loss red flags you should watch for
Hearing loss will frequently throw up various red flags meaning it’s time for a hearing assessment. Here are a few of those red flags that should make you pay attention.
Having trouble hearing phone calls
Even with a volume control setting, you may find it difficult to hear the person you are talking to on the phone. 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 assessment.
Trouble following conversations
At times, we get lost when we’re having conversations even when our hearing is healthy, but if it occurs frequently, especially when more than two people are talking, it’s likely an indication of hearing loss.
Family & neighbors are complaining about a loud TV
It can be a challenge to follow tv shows, especially if music is combined with dialog. It’s worthwhile to recognize that cranking the television up louder doesn’t always clear up the sound. But it’s time to have your hearing examined if your neighbors can hear your TV or if you constantly need the volume on a really loud setting.
Trouble hearing in loud environments
If you are in a public location and the background sound makes it difficult to hear the other people with you, it typically means you struggle to mask background noise and focus on speech. Individuals who are developing hearing loss most frequently have this complaint.
You say “what” frequently
If someone is mumbling a few feet from you and you can’t hear them, that doesn’t necessarily mean you have hearing loss. Still, it may 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.
Misunderstanding what people are saying
It can be a sign 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 assessments as soon as you can if you are experiencing any of the above red flags. Here’s the good news, 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 trouble hearing.