Hearing loss is generally a frustrating condition that can be caused by a variety of things. There are some situations where hearing loss is caused by a more serious underlying health condition and isn’t just the result of aging or an injury.
Watch out for these hearing loss red flags
There are a number of red flags that might be a sign 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 difficulty hearing phone calls
Even with a volume control setting, you might find it hard to hear the individual you are talking to on the telephone. You need to call us for a hearing test if you find yourself continuously turning the volume up on your phone.
Difficulty following conversations
At times, we get lost during conversations even when our hearing is healthy, but if it occurs frequently, particularly when more than two people are talking, it’s likely an indication of hearing loss.
Family & neighbors are complaining about a loud TV
Following along with tv shows, especially when there’s dialog and music, can be a challenge. It’s important to recognize that cranking the television up louder doesn’t always make the sound clearer. But if you continuously need the tv cranked up to a high volume that is uncomfortable for other people in the room or if your neighbors can hear your television, it is time to get your hearing checked.
Difficulty hearing in noisy environments
It usually means you’re struggling to differentiate speech from background sound if hearing in a public place has become challenging. People who are experiencing hearing loss most commonly 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 automatically mean you have hearing loss. However, 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
Misunderstanding what people are saying can be embarrassing and is frequently an indication of high frequency hearing loss. This form of hearing loss makes it hard to discern speech.
Contact us for a hearing test as soon as you can if you are experiencing any of the above red flags. Fortunately, the stigma that was once associated with hearing loss has nearly vanished, the exam is easy, and with the modern developments in hearing aid technologies, there’s no reason for you to continue to suffer with hearing loss.