What Hearing Loss Symptoms Are Red Flags?

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

Hearing loss can be brought on by numerous things and is generally extremely frustrating. Although hearing loss is usually due to age or an injury, in some situations, hearing loss might be an indication of a more severe underlying medical issue.

Look out for these hearing loss red flags

There are varieties of red flags that might be a sign of hearing loss and that it’s time to schedule a hearing assessment appointment. Pay attention if any of these red flags appear.

Having difficulty hearing phone calls

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

Difficulty making out conversations

Sometimes, we get lost during conversations even when our hearing is normal, but if it occurs frequently, particularly when more than two people are talking, it’s likely an indication of hearing loss.

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

It can be a challenge to follow television programs, particularly if music is combined with dialog. It’s worthwhile to understand that turning the tv up louder doesn’t always make the sound clearer. But if you consistently need the tv turned up to a high volume that is uncomfortable for others in the room or if your neighbors are hearing your television, it is time to check your hearing.

Trouble hearing in noisy settings

It normally means you’re struggling to differentiate speech from background sound if hearing in a public place has become challenging. Individuals who are going through hearing loss most frequently have this complaint.

You say “what” frequently

Just because you aren’t able to hear someone mumbling several feet from you doesn’t mean you have hearing loss. Still, if you say the word “what” more than any other word in your vocabulary, it might 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 form of hearing loss makes it hard to distinguish speech.

If you are noticing any of the above red flags, you should schedule a hearing assessment as soon as possible. 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 continue to have trouble hearing.

The site information is for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. To receive personalized advice or treatment, schedule an appointment.

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