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Hearing loss can be brought on by numerous things and is usually very aggravating. There are some situations where hearing loss is a consequence of a more severe underlying health condition and isn’t merely the result of an injury or aging.

These are some hearing loss red flags you should watch for

Hearing loss will often throw up various red flags indicating it’s time for a hearing test. Pay attention if any of these red flags manifest.

Difficulties hearing on the phone

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

Trouble making out conversations

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

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

Following along with tv shows, especially when there’s music and dialog, can be challenging. We need to recognize that the sound doesn’t necessarily get clearer when you crank the volume up. But it’s time to have your hearing assessed if your neighbors can hear your TV or if you continuously need the volume on a really high 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. People who are going through hearing loss most frequently have this complaint.

You say “what” a lot

If someone is mumbling a few feet from you and you’re unable to hear them, that doesn’t necessarily 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 are saying

Misunderstanding what people say can be embarrassing and is often a sign of high frequency hearing loss. This form of hearing loss makes it difficult to discern speech.

Contact us for a hearing test as soon as you can if you are noticing any of the above red flags. Luckily, the stigma that was once related to hearing loss has nearly vanished, the testing is simple, and with the modern developments in hearing aid technologies, there is no reason for you to continue to suffer with hearing loss.

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