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 can be brought on by numerous things and is generally very aggravating. Although hearing loss is commonly the result of age or an injury, in some situations, hearing loss may be a symptom of a more severe root medical condition.

These are some hearing loss red flags you should watch for

Hearing loss will frequently throw up a variety of red flags meaning it’s time for a hearing exam. Pay attention if any of these red flags show up.

Trouble hearing on the telephone

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

Trouble following conversations

At times, we get lost when we’re having conversations even when our hearing is normal, 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

Following along with television shows, particularly when there’s music and dialog, can be difficult. It’s worthwhile to know that turning the tv up louder doesn’t always clear up the sound. But it’s time to get your hearing assessed if your neighbors can hear your TV or if you continuously need the volume on a really high setting.

Trouble hearing in noisy environments

If you are in a public location and the background noise makes it hard to hear the others with you, it usually means you struggle to filter out background noise and focus on speech. This is one of the most prevalent complaints of people who are going through hearing loss.

You say “what” frequently

Just because you aren’t able to hear somebody 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.

Misunderstanding what people say

Misunderstanding what people say can be embarrassing and is often an indication of high frequency hearing loss. This form of hearing loss makes it challenging to distinguish speech.

Call us for a hearing test as soon as you can if you are experiencing any of the above red flags. Luckily, the stigma that was once related to hearing loss has nearly vanished, the exam is simple, 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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