Hearing loss is rarely sudden or total, unless you are exposed to an exceptionally loud noise. It’s usually gradual – sometimes so gradual that your family and friends may notice the problem before you do.
Here are ten questions that will help you determine whether you (or a friend or family member) should have your hearing tested by a professional.
1. Do you have difficulty hearing over the telephone?
2. Do you have trouble following the conversation when two or more people are talking at the same time?
3. Do people complain that you turn the TV volume up too high?
4. Do you have to strain to understand conversation?
5. Do you have trouble hearing in a noisy background?
6. Do you find yourself asking people to repeat themselves?
7. Do the people you talk to seem to mumble or speak unclearly?
8. Do you misunderstand what others are saying frequently?
9. Do you have trouble understanding soft speech or voices?
10. Are people annoyed due to misunderstanding what they say?
If you answered “yes” to three or more of these questions, you may want to schedule a professional hearing evaluation with a hearing healthcare professional.
The material on this page is for general information only and is not intended for diagnostic or treatment purposes. A doctor or other health care professional must be consulted for diagnostic information and advice regarding treatment.