Hearing loss is generally a frustrating condition that can be caused by a number of things. Although hearing loss is commonly due to age or an injury, in some situations, hearing loss may be a symptom of a more serious underlying medical condition.
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. Pay attention if any of these red flags appear.
Having difficulty hearing phone calls
You may be having a difficult time hearing phone calls even with the volume setting. You should call us for a hearing test if you find yourself constantly turning up the volume on your phone.
Difficulty making out conversations
At times, we get lost during conversations even when our hearing is healthy, but if it occurs often, 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 follow television programs, especially if music is combined with dialog. We need to recognize that the sound doesn’t automatically get clearer when you crank up the volume. But it’s time to have your hearing assessed if your neighbors can hear your TV or if you constantly need the volume on a really high setting.
Trouble hearing in loud environments
It typically means you’re struggling to distinguish speech from background sound if hearing in a public place has become difficult. Individuals who are developing hearing loss most frequently have this complaint.
You say “what” a lot
If somebody is mumbling a few feet from you and you can’t hear them, that doesn’t necessarily indicate you have hearing loss. Still, if you say the word “what” more than any other word in your vocabulary, it might be a red flag that you aren’t receiving sound signals clearly in order to process speech correctly.
Failing to understand what people are saying
It can be an indication of high frequency hearing loss, often an awkward one, if you frequently misunderstand what people are saying. This form of hearing loss makes it challenging to discern speech.
If you are experiencing any of the above red flags, you should schedule a hearing exam as soon as possible. Fortunately, the stigma that was once linked to hearing loss no longer exists, the testing is easy, and with the modern developments in hearing aid technologies, there is no reason for you to continue to suffer with hearing loss.