Red flag on a wooden pole against a blue sky symbolizing hearing loss symptoms

Hearing loss can be brought on by many things and is generally incredibly frustrating. There are some situations where hearing loss is caused by a more serious underlying health problem and isn’t simply the result of an injury or aging.

Look out for these hearing loss red flags

There are a number of red flags that might 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 manifest.

Difficulties hearing on the phone

Even with a volume control setting, you may find it hard to hear the individual you are talking to on the phone. If you are continually cranking the volume up louder and louder on your cell phone or landline, you should schedule an appointment as soon as you can for a hearing exam.

Difficulty making out conversations

Although getting lost during a conversation isn’t always an indication of hearing loss, it may be a sign of hearing loss if you frequently have a hard time processing the conversation when two or more people are talking at the same time.

People around you are complaining about the rising volume of your TV

Following along with tv shows, especially when there’s dialog and music, can be a challenge. It’s worthwhile to recognize that cranking the television up louder doesn’t always make the sound clearer. But if you consistently need the television cranked up to a high volume that is uncomfortable for other people in the room or if your neighbors can hear your television, it is time to check your hearing.

Difficulty hearing in loud settings

If you are in a public location and the background noise makes it difficult to hear the others with you, it usually means you struggle to mask background noise and tune into speech. People who are experiencing hearing loss most frequently have this complaint.

You say “what” frequently

If somebody is mumbling a few feet from you and you’re unable to hear them, that doesn’t automatically mean you have hearing loss. Still, it could be a red flag that you aren’t receiving and processing speech properly if the word “what” is the most used word in your vocabulary.

Failing to understand what people say

It can be a sign of high frequency hearing loss, often an embarrassing one, if you frequently misunderstand what people are saying. This form of hearing loss makes it hard to distinguish speech.

Call us for a hearing assessments as soon as you can if you are experiencing any of the above red flags. The good news is, hearing testing is simple and the stigma of hearing loss is a thing of the past so there’s no reason to keep having difficulty hearing.

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