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 variety of things. Even though hearing loss is commonly due to age or an injury, in some circumstances, hearing loss might be an indication of a more severe root medical issue.

These are some hearing loss red flags you should watch for

Hearing loss will frequently throw up a number of red flags meaning it’s time for a hearing test. Pay attention if any of these red flags manifest.

Having difficulty hearing phone calls

You might be having a difficult time hearing phone calls even with the volume setting. If you are constantly turning the volume up louder and louder on your cell phone or landline, you need to schedule an appointment as soon as possible for a hearing exam.

Difficulty following conversations

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

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

It can be difficult to hear tv shows, especially if music is combined with dialog. We need to recognize that the sound doesn’t automatically get clearer when you turn the volume up. But it’s time to get your hearing examined if your neighbors can hear your TV or if you continuously need the volume on a really loud setting.

Trouble hearing in noisy environments

It typically means you’re struggling to differentiate speech from background noise if hearing in a public place has become difficult. Individuals who are experiencing hearing loss most commonly have this complaint.

You keep asking people what they said

Just because you aren’t able to hear someone 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 may be a red flag that you aren’t getting sound signals clearly in order to process speech correctly.

Failing to understand what people say

Misunderstanding what people say can be embarrassing and is often a sign of high frequency hearing loss. This means you are not capable of discerning the sounds of speech.

If you are experiencing any of the above red flags, you should schedule a hearing assessment as soon as you can. The good news is, 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 difficulty hearing.

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