Hearing loss is usually an aggravating condition that can be the result of various things. While hearing loss is usually due to age or an injury, in some situations, hearing loss may be an indication of a more severe root medical issue.
These are some hearing loss red flags you should watch for
There are a number of red flags that may be an indication of hearing loss and that it’s time to schedule a hearing test appointment. Pay attention if any of these red flags show up.
Difficulties hearing on the telephone
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 constantly turning the volume up louder and louder on your cell phone or landline, you should schedule an appointment as soon as possible for a hearing assessment.
Difficulty following conversations
Even though getting lost during a conversation isn’t always a sign of hearing loss, it might be a sign of hearing loss if you regularly have trouble processing the conversation when two or more people are talking simultaneously.
Family & neighbors are complaining about a loud TV
Following along with tv 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 turn the volume up. But it’s time to have your hearing checked if your neighbors can hear your TV or if you continuously need the volume on a really high setting.
Difficulty hearing in loud environments
It normally means you’re struggling to distinguish speech from background sound if hearing in a public place has become a challenge. This is one of the most prevalent complaints of individuals who are developing hearing loss.
You say “what” frequently
If someone is mumbling a few feet from you and you’re unable to hear them, that doesn’t automatically indicate you have hearing loss. However, it might be a red flag that you aren’t receiving and processing speech correctly if the word “what” is the most used word in your vocabulary.
Misunderstanding what people are saying
Misunderstanding what people say can be awkward and is often an indication of high frequency hearing loss. This means you are unable to discern the sounds of speech.
If you are noticing any of the above red flags, you should schedule a hearing exam as soon as possible. Luckily, the stigma that was once linked to hearing loss has nearly vanished, the exam is easy, and with the modern developments in hearing aid technologies, there is no reason for you to keep suffering with hearing loss.