Could I have a hearing loss? Take this simple test to help you find out.
Do you . . .
- Have difficulty understanding what is being said, unless you are directly facing the speaker?
- Find yourself complaining that people are mumbling or slurring their words?
- Continually ask people to repeat words or phrases, though they feel they're speaking loud enough?
- Prefer the TV or radio louder than others do?
- Have difficulty understanding a conversation within a group of people?
- Avoid group meetings, social occasions, public facilities, or family gatherings where listening may be difficult?
- Have trouble hearing at the movies, house of worship, concert halls, or at other public gatherings – especially where sound sources are at a distance?
- Have ringing in the ears or other head noises (hissing, buzzing, crickets, etc.)? This may be caused by Tinnitus which often accompanies hearing loss.
If you have answered in the affirmative to one or more of these questions you may have a hearing loss. A hearing exam will help you determine the extent of any hearing issues.