Hearing loss can be brought on by many things and is usually extremely aggravating. There are some circumstances where hearing loss is caused by a more serious underlying health problem and isn’t just the result of an injury or aging.
Look out for these hearing loss red flags
Hearing loss will often throw up various red flags indicating it’s time for a hearing test. Here are some of those red flags that should make you pay attention.
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 phone. If you are continually cranking the volume up louder and louder on your cell phone or landline, you need to schedule an appointment as soon as you can for a hearing exam.
Trouble following conversations
Sometimes, we get lost during conversations even when our hearing is healthy, but if it happens frequently, particularly when more than two people are talking, it’s probably a sign of hearing loss.
Neighbors and family members are complaining about a loud TV
It can be difficult to hear television programs, particularly if music is combined with dialog. We need to understand that the sound doesn’t automatically get clearer when you turn up the volume. But if you constantly need the television cranked 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.
Difficulty hearing in noisy settings
It usually means you’re struggling to distinguish speech from background sound if hearing in a public place has become challenging. This is one of the most common complaints of people who are experiencing hearing loss.
You keep asking people what they said
Simply because you aren’t able to hear somebody mumbling several feet away doesn’t mean you have hearing loss. Still, 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 properly.
Failing to understand what people are saying
It can be a sign of high frequency hearing loss, often an awkward one, if you frequently misunderstand what people are saying. This means you are unable to discern the sounds of speech.
Call us for a hearing test as soon as you can if you are noticing any of the above red flags. Luckily, the stigma that was once linked to hearing loss has nearly vanished, the exam is simple, and with the modern developments in hearing aid technologies, there is no reason for you to continue to suffer with hearing loss.