Hearing loss is usually an aggravating condition that can be the result of various things. Even though hearing loss is usually due to age or an injury, in some circumstances, hearing loss might be an indication of a more serious underlying medical issue.
Watch out for these hearing loss red flags
Hearing loss will frequently throw up various red flags indicating it’s time for a hearing exam. Here are a few of those red flags that should make you pay attention.
Having difficulty hearing phone calls
You might be having a difficult time hearing phone calls even with the volume setting. If you are constantly turning the volume up louder and louder on your cell phone or landline, you should schedule an appointment as soon as you can for a hearing evaluation.
Trouble making out 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 a sign of hearing loss.
People around you are complaining about the rising volume of your TV
It can be a challenge to hear tv shows, particularly if music is combined with dialog. It’s worthwhile to understand that turning the television up louder doesn’t always make the sound clearer. But if you continuously need the television turned up to a high volume that is uncomfortable for other people in the room or if your neighbors are hearing your television, it is time to check your hearing.
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 mask background noise and focus on speech. Individuals who are experiencing hearing loss most commonly have this complaint.
You keep asking people what they said
If someone is mumbling a few feet from you and you can’t hear them, that doesn’t necessarily mean you have hearing loss. Still, it might be a red flag that you aren’t receiving and processing speech properly if the word “what” is the most used word in your vocabulary.
Misunderstanding what people say
Misunderstanding what people say can be embarrassing and is often an indication of high frequency hearing loss. This type of hearing loss makes it challenging to discern speech.
Contact us for a hearing assessments as soon as you can if you are noticing any of the above red flags. Fortunately, the stigma that was once related to hearing loss no longer exists, the exam is easy, and with the modern advances in hearing aid technologies, there is no reason for you to keep suffering with hearing loss.