Which Hearing Loss Symptoms Are Red Flags?

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

Hearing loss is generally a frustrating condition that can be the result of a variety of things. Even though hearing loss is commonly caused by age or an injury, in some circumstances, hearing loss may be an indication of a more serious underlying medical condition.

Watch out for these hearing loss red flags

Hearing loss will often throw up a variety of red flags indicating it’s time for a hearing exam. Pay attention if any of these red flags manifest.

Difficulties hearing on the phone

Even with a volume control setting, you may find it difficult to hear the person you are talking to on the telephone. You should call us for a hearing test if you find yourself constantly turning the volume up on your phone.

Trouble making out 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 difficulty 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 difficult. It’s worthwhile to recognize that cranking the television up louder doesn’t always make the sound clearer. But if you constantly need the tv cranked up to a high volume that is unpleasant for other people in the room or if your neighbors can hear your television, it is time to check your hearing.

Difficulty hearing in noisy environments

It usually means you’re struggling to distinguish 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 going through hearing loss.

You keep asking people what they said

Simply because you can’t hear somebody mumbling several feet from you doesn’t mean 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 say

Misunderstanding what people are saying can be awkward and is frequently an indication of high frequency hearing loss. This type of hearing loss makes it hard to discern speech.

If you are noticing any of the above red flags, you should schedule a hearing assessment as soon as you can. Here’s the good news, 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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