Are There Some Symptoms of Hearing Loss That Should Throw up Red Flags?

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

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

Watch out for these hearing loss red flags

There are varieties of red flags that may be a sign 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 pay attention.

Difficulties hearing on the telephone

Even with a volume control setting, you might find it hard to hear the individual you are talking to on the phone. 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 you can for a hearing exam.

Difficulty following conversations

Sometimes, we get lost when we’re having conversations even when our hearing is healthy, but if it occurs frequently, especially when more than two people are talking, it’s most likely an indication of hearing loss.

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

It can be a challenge to follow tv shows, particularly if music is combined with dialog. It’s worthwhile to understand that turning the tv up louder doesn’t always clear up the sound. But it’s time to get your hearing examined if your neighbors can hear your TV or if you constantly need the volume on a very loud setting.

Difficulty hearing in loud settings

It usually means you’re struggling to differentiate speech from background noise if hearing in a public place has become challenging. This is one of the most prevalent complaints of people who are developing hearing loss.

You say “what” frequently

Simply because you can’t hear someone mumbling several feet away doesn’t mean you have hearing loss. Still, 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.

Failing to understand what people are saying

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

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

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