Hearing loss is generally an aggravating condition that can be caused by various things. There are some circumstances where hearing loss is a consequence of a more serious underlying health problem and isn’t simply the result of an injury or aging.
These are some hearing loss red flags you should look for
There are varieties of red flags that may be a sign of hearing loss and that it’s time to schedule a hearing assessment appointment. Here are some of those red flags that should make you take notice.
Having trouble hearing phone calls
Even with a volume control setting, you may find it difficult to hear the individual you are talking to on the telephone. If you are continually turning the volume up louder and louder on your cell phone or landline, you need to make an appointment as soon as possible for a hearing evaluation.
Difficulty following conversations
Even though getting lost during a conversation isn’t always an indication of hearing loss, it might be a sign of hearing loss if you frequently have difficulty processing the conversation when two or more individuals are talking at the same time.
Neighbors and family members are complaining about a loud TV
Following along with television shows, especially when there’s music and dialog, can be difficult. We need to recognize that the sound doesn’t necessarily get clearer when you crank the volume up. But if you consistently need the television cranked up to a high volume that is unpleasant for others in the room or if your neighbors are hearing your television, it is time to check your hearing.
Difficulty hearing in noisy settings
If you are in a public location and the background noise makes it difficult to hear the other people with you, it typically means you struggle to filter out background noise and tune into speech. Individuals who are going through hearing loss most frequently have this complaint.
You keep asking people what they said
Just because you aren’t able to hear somebody 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 receiving sound signals clearly in order to process speech correctly.
Misunderstanding what people say
Misunderstanding what people say can be awkward and is frequently a sign of high frequency hearing loss. This means you are unable to discern the sounds of speech.
Call us for a hearing assessments as soon as you can if you are noticing 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 difficulty hearing.