Awareness is the First Step
To make a quick assessment of your own hearing, try answering these simple questions.
You can hear, but you can’t understand things such as women’s and children’s voices, bird songs, the first letter of words such as dime, time, bake, and cake.
You have difficulty in understanding what is being said, unless you are directly facing the speaker.
You find yourself complaining that people are mumbling or slurring their words.
You are continually asking people to repeat words or phrases, though they feel they are speaking loud enough.
You prefer the TV or radio louder than others do.
You have difficulty understanding conversations with a group of people.
You avoid group meetings, social occasions, public facilities, or family gatherings where listening may be difficult.
You have trouble hearing at the movies, house of worship, concert halls, or at other public gatherings—especially where sound sources are at a distance from the listener.
You have ringing in the ears or other head noises (hissing, buzzing, crickets, etc.).
Possible Hearing Loss
You may have hearing loss and should have your hearing tested.
No Hearing Loss
You probably don't have any hearing loss.
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