Hearing loss can be caused by many things and is generally incredibly frustrating. There are some situations where hearing loss is a consequence of a more severe underlying health condition and isn’t merely the result of aging or an injury.
These are some hearing loss red flags you should look for
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. Pay attention if any of these red flags show up.
Having trouble hearing phone calls
You might be having a hard time hearing phone calls even with the volume setting. You should call us for a hearing test if you find yourself constantly turning the volume up on your phone.
Difficulty making out conversations
Even though getting lost during a conversation isn’t always an indication of hearing loss, it may be a sign of hearing loss if you regularly have trouble processing the conversation when two or more people are talking simultaneously.
People around you are complaining about the rising volume of your TV
It can be challenging to hear television programs, especially if music is combined with dialog. It’s worthwhile to recognize that turning the television up louder doesn’t always clear up the sound. But if you continuously need the tv cranked up to a high volume that is unpleasant for others in the room or if your neighbors can hear your television, it is time to get your hearing checked.
Difficulty hearing in noisy settings
If you are in a public place and the background noise makes it hard to hear the other people with you, it generally means you struggle to filter out background noise and tune into speech. People who are experiencing hearing loss most commonly have this complaint.
You say “what” a lot
If somebody is mumbling a few feet from you and you can’t hear them, that doesn’t always mean you have hearing loss. However, if you say the word “what” more than any other word in your vocabulary, it might be a red flag that you aren’t receiving sound signals clearly in order to process speech correctly.
Misunderstanding what people are saying
It can be an indication of high frequency hearing loss, often an awkward one, if you frequently misunderstand what people are saying. This means you are not capable of discerning the sounds of speech.
Contact us for a hearing assessment 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.