Hearing loss can be brought on by numerous things and is generally extremely frustrating. Even though hearing loss is usually the result of age or an injury, in some situations, hearing loss may be a symptom of a more serious underlying medical issue.
Look out for these hearing loss red flags
Hearing loss will often throw up a variety of red flags meaning it’s time for a hearing exam. Pay attention if any of these red flags appear.
Difficulties hearing on the telephone
Even with a volume control setting, you may find it hard to hear the person you are talking to on the telephone. If you are continually cranking the volume up louder and louder on your cell phone or landline, you should make an appointment as soon as possible for a hearing exam.
Trouble making out conversations
At times, we get lost during conversations even when our hearing is healthy, but if it happens often, particularly when more than two people are talking, it’s most likely an indication of hearing loss.
People around you are complaining about the increasing volume of your TV
Following along with television shows, particularly when there’s dialog and music, can be challenging. It’s worthwhile to understand that cranking the television up louder doesn’t always make the sound clearer. 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.
Trouble hearing in noisy settings
If you are in a public location and the background sound makes it hard to hear the others with you, it typically means you struggle to filter out background noise and tune into speech. Individuals who are developing hearing loss most frequently have this complaint.
You keep asking people what they said
Just because you aren’t able to hear someone mumbling several feet away doesn’t mean you have hearing loss. Still, it might 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 often a sign of high frequency hearing loss. This form of hearing loss makes it difficult to distinguish speech.
Contact us for a hearing exam as soon as you can if you are noticing any of the above red flags. Here’s the good news, hearing testing is easy and the stigma of hearing loss is a thing of the past so there’s no reason to continue to have trouble hearing.