Are you concerned about hearing loss for yourself or a loved one?
People don’t always notice they have hearing loss because it is not physically painful or visible, and happens gradually. Here is a list of some symptoms to watch for:
- You often ask others to repeat themselves.
- It is particularly difficult to understand conversations when there is background noise.
- You can hear everything; you just can’t understand it anymore.
- It often seems as though others are mumbling when they speak to you.
- You have to pay attention to people’s lip movements and expressions to understand what they are saying.
- You feel frustrated trying to communicate in group situations.
- You have trouble hearing children and women.
- You turn up the TV or radio louder than others prefer.
- You are beginning to limit or modify your social activities.
- You find it difficult to identify which direction sounds are coming from.
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association created the following self-test to help people determine if they have hearing loss. Take this self-test to find out if you would benefit from a visit to a hearing professional.
- Do you have a problem hearing over the telephone?
- Do you hear better in one ear than the other when you are on the telephone? Yes No
- Do you have trouble following the conversation when two or more people are talking at the same time? Yes No
- Do people complain that you turn the TV volume up too high? Yes No
- Do you have to strain to understand conversation? Yes No
- Do you have trouble hearing in a noisy background? Yes No
- Do you have trouble hearing in restaurants? Yes No
- Do you have dizziness, pain or ringing in your ears? Yes No
- Do you find yourself asking people to repeat themselves? Yes No
- Do family members or co-workers remark about your missing what has been said? Yes No
- Do many people you talk to seem to mumble (or not speak clearly)? Yes No
- Do you misunderstand what others are saying and respond inappropriately? Yes No
- Do you have trouble understanding the speech of women and children? Yes No
- Do people get annoyed because you misunderstand what they say? Yes No
If you answered yes to more than two of the previous questions, you should have your hearing evaluated further.