Hearing loss can be a consequence of numerous things and is generally very aggravating. There are some circumstances where hearing loss is caused by a more severe underlying health condition and isn’t simply the result of an injury or aging.
These are some hearing loss red flags you should watch for
Hearing loss will often throw up various red flags meaning it’s time for a hearing test. Here are a few of those red flags that should make you take notice.
Having difficulty hearing phone calls
Even with a volume control setting, you may find it difficult to hear the individual you are talking to on the telephone. If you are continually turning the volume up louder and louder on your cell phone or landline, you need to schedule an appointment as soon as you can for a hearing evaluation.
Difficulty following conversations
Although getting lost during a conversation isn’t always an indication of hearing loss, it might be a sign of hearing loss if you regularly have a hard time processing the conversation when two or more individuals are talking at the same time.
Neighbors and family members are complaining about a loud TV
Following along with tv shows, especially when there’s dialog and music, can be a challenge. We need to understand that the sound doesn’t necessarily get clearer when you crank the volume up. But if you continuously 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 get your hearing checked.
Difficulty hearing in loud environments
It typically means you’re struggling to differentiate speech from background noise if hearing in a public place has become difficult. This is one of the most common complaints of individuals who are experiencing hearing loss.
You keep asking people what they said
Just because you aren’t able to hear somebody mumbling several feet away doesn’t 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 getting sound signals clearly in order to process speech correctly.
Misunderstanding what people are saying
It can be an indication of high frequency hearing loss, often an awkward one, if you regularly misunderstand what people are saying. This form of hearing loss makes it challenging to distinguish speech.
If you are experiencing any of the above red flags, you should schedule a hearing exam as soon as you can. Luckily, the stigma that was once associated with hearing loss no longer exists, the testing is simple, and with the modern developments in hearing aid technologies, there is no reason for you to keep suffering with hearing loss.