Hearing loss can be a consequence of many things and is generally incredibly frustrating. There are some circumstances where hearing loss is related to a more serious underlying health condition and isn’t just the result of an injury or aging.
Look out for these hearing loss red flags
Hearing loss will frequently throw up a number of red flags indicating it’s time for a hearing assessment. Pay attention if any of these red flags appear.
Trouble 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 phone. You need to call us for a hearing test if you find yourself constantly turning the volume up on your phone.
Trouble following conversations
At times, we get lost during conversations even when our hearing is normal, but if it occurs frequently, especially when more than two people are talking, it’s most likely a sign of hearing loss.
Neighbors and family members are complaining about a loud TV
It can be challenging to hear television programs, particularly if music is combined with dialog. It’s important to know that turning the television up louder doesn’t always clear up the sound. But if you constantly need the television cranked up to a high volume that is unpleasant for other people in the room or if your neighbors are hearing your television, it is time to get your hearing checked.
Trouble hearing in loud environments
It usually means you’re struggling to separate speech from background noise if hearing in a public place has become difficult. People who are experiencing hearing loss most frequently 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 indicate you have hearing loss. However, 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 properly.
Failing to understand what people are saying
It can be an indication of high frequency hearing loss, often an embarrassing one, if you regularly misunderstand what people are saying. This type of hearing loss makes it hard to distinguish speech.
Contact us for a hearing test as soon as you can if you are experiencing 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.