Which Hearing Loss Symptoms Are Red Flags?

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

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

Watch out for these hearing loss red flags

There are varieties of red flags that might be an indication of hearing loss and that it’s time to schedule a hearing assessment appointment. Here are a few of those red flags that should make you take notice.

Having difficulty hearing phone calls

You might be having a hard time hearing phone calls even with the volume setting. You should call us for a hearing test if you find yourself constantly cranking the volume up on your phone.

Difficulty making out conversations

At times, we get lost when we’re having conversations even when our hearing is normal, but if it happens frequently, especially when more than two people are talking, it’s probably a sign of hearing loss.

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

It can be challenging to follow television programs, especially if music is combined with dialog. We need to understand that the sound doesn’t necessarily get clearer when you crank up the volume. But it’s time to get your hearing checked if your neighbors can hear your TV or if you constantly need the volume on a very loud setting.

Difficulty hearing in loud environments

It typically means you’re struggling to separate speech from background sound if hearing in a public place has become a challenge. Individuals who are developing hearing loss most frequently have this complaint.

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.

Failing to understand what people say

It can be an indication of high frequency hearing loss, often an awkward one, if you regularly misunderstand what people are saying. This means you are not capable of discerning the sounds of speech.

Call us for a hearing test as soon as you can if you are noticing any of the above red flags. Fortunately, the stigma that was once linked to hearing loss no longer exists, the exam is easy, and with the modern developments in hearing aid technologies, there’s no reason for you to continue to suffer with hearing loss.

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