Hearing loss can be caused by numerous things and is generally extremely aggravating. Although 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.
These are some hearing loss red flags you should look for
There are varieties of red flags that might be an indication 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 pay attention.
Difficulties hearing on the telephone
You might be having a hard time hearing phone calls even with the volume setting. If you are constantly cranking the volume up louder and louder on your cell phone or landline, you should make an appointment as soon as you can for a hearing evaluation.
Trouble 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 difficulty processing the conversation when two or more individuals are talking at the same time.
Family & neighbors are complaining about a loud TV
Following along with television shows, particularly when there’s dialog and music, can be difficult. We need to understand that the sound doesn’t necessarily get clearer when you crank up the volume. But if you consistently need the tv cranked 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 loud settings
If you are in a public location and the background sound makes it difficult to hear the others with you, it generally means you struggle to filter out background noise and tune into speech. This is one of the most prevalent complaints of individuals who are going through hearing loss.
You say “what” a lot
Just because you aren’t able to hear somebody mumbling several feet away doesn’t mean you have hearing loss. However, it could 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.
Failing to understand what people say
It can be an indication of high frequency hearing loss, often an awkward one, if you frequently misunderstand what people are saying. 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. The good news is, 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 difficulty hearing.