Hearing loss can be brought on by numerous things and is generally very frustrating. There are some circumstances where hearing loss is caused by a more severe underlying health condition and isn’t merely the result of aging or an injury.
Look out for these hearing loss red flags
Hearing loss will frequently throw up various red flags indicating it’s time for a hearing assessment. Here are a few of those red flags that should make you take notice.
Difficulties hearing on the telephone
Even with a volume control setting, you might find it difficult to hear the individual you are talking to on the phone. You should call us for a hearing exam if you find yourself constantly cranking the volume up on your phone.
Difficulty making out conversations
At times, we get lost when we’re having conversations even when our hearing is healthy, but if it occurs often, especially 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
Following along with television shows, particularly when there’s music and dialog, can be a challenge. We need to understand that the sound doesn’t automatically get clearer when you crank the volume up. But it’s time to have your hearing examined if your neighbors can hear your TV or if you continuously need the volume on a very high setting.
Trouble hearing in noisy settings
If you are in a public location and the background sound makes it difficult to hear the other people with you, it generally means you struggle to filter out background noise and focus on speech. People who are developing 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 automatically mean you have hearing loss. However, 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 say
Misunderstanding what people are saying can be embarrassing and is frequently a sign of high frequency hearing loss. This means you are not capable of discerning the sounds of speech.
Call us for a hearing exam as soon as you can if you are experiencing 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 developments in hearing aid technologies, there’s no reason for you to keep suffering with hearing loss.