Test Your Hearing
Do you suspect that your hearing is not as good as it used to be?
The following questions will allow you to make a quick assessment:
- yes | no Do people seem to mumble or speak in a softer voice than they used to?
- yes | no Do you feel tired or irritable after a long conversation?
- yes | no Do you sometimes miss key words in a sentence?
- yes | no Do you frequently ask others to repeat?
- yes | no When you are in a group or restaurant, is it difficult to follow the conversations?
- yes | no Do you often need to turn up the volume on the TV or radio?
- yes | no Do you find it difficult to hear the doorbell or telephone ring?
- yes | no Do you have difficulty hearing on the telephone?
- yes | no Do you find it difficult to determine the source of a sound?
- yes | no Do you find it difficult to hear water boiling or water running?
If you have answered yes to one or more questions, you should contact our office and schedule a thorough hearing evaluation. Answering yes many times does not mean you have severe hearing loss. You need to obtain the recommended audiological testing to get an accurate diagnosis. Within one hour, you will know the test results and the appropriate course of action.
How do I know if I have Hearing Loss?
Recent data suggests there are over 34 million Americans with some degree of hearing loss. Hearing loss often occurs gradually throughout a lifetime. People with hearing loss compensate often without knowing they have hearing loss.
Common signs of hearing loss include:
- You hear people speaking, but you have to strain to understand their words or don’t understand what they say.
- You frequently ask people to repeat what they say.
- You don’t laugh at jokes because you miss too much of the story or the punch line.
- You frequently complain that people mumble.
- You need to ask others about the details of a meeting you just attended.
- You play the TV or radio louder than your friends, spouse, or relatives.
- You cannot hear the doorbell or the telephone.
- You find that looking at people when they speak to you makes it easier to understand.
- You miss environmental sounds such as birds singing or leaves rustling.
If you have any of these symptoms, you should contact our office to schedule a thorough audiological examination.
Although these habits can help the hearing impaired person in some situations, the hearing loss is most likely depriving them of a wide range of sounds of life. Eventually, as the hearing loss progresses, these techniques won’t provide adequate hearing assistance.