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 a consequence of numerous things and is usually very aggravating. There are some situations where hearing loss is related to a more severe underlying health condition and isn’t just the result of an injury or aging.

These are some hearing loss red flags you should look for

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

Having trouble hearing phone calls

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

Difficulty following conversations

Even though getting lost during a conversation isn’t always a sign of hearing loss, it may be a sign of hearing loss if you regularly have trouble processing the conversation when two or more people are talking simultaneously.

Family & neighbors are complaining about a loud TV

It can be difficult to follow tv shows, especially if music is combined with dialog. We need to understand that the sound doesn’t automatically get clearer when you crank the volume up. But if you continuously need the television turned up to a high volume that is unpleasant for others in the room or if your neighbors are hearing your television, it is time to get your hearing checked.

Difficulty hearing in noisy settings

If you are in a public location and the background sound makes it difficult to hear the others with you, it typically means you struggle to mask background noise and tune into speech. People who are developing hearing loss most commonly have this complaint.

You say “what” frequently

Simply because you can’t 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 might be a red flag that you aren’t receiving sound signals clearly in order to process speech properly.

Failing to understand what people say

It can be a sign of high frequency hearing loss, often an embarrassing one, if you regularly misunderstand what people are saying. This form of hearing loss makes it challenging to discern speech.

If you are experiencing any of the above red flags, you should schedule a hearing assessment as soon as possible. Here’s the good news, hearing testing is simple and the stigma of hearing loss is a thing of the past so there’s no reason to keep having difficulty hearing.

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