Hearing impairment is often a slow and gradual process. Therefore you may not always be aware if your hearing ability has been reduced. Here, you can evaluate your hearing and see if you should have it checked.
When should I suspect a hearing loss? This short checklist will help you to determine whether you are experiencing hearing problems. The questions relate to everyday listening situations where many people even those with only minor hearing losses could experience difficulties hearing clearly.
Please take your time to answer the following 10 questions:
- Do you have difficulty understanding in the presence of background noise?
- When watching television or listening to the radio with others, do you need to set the volume higher than they would to hear what is being said?
- Do you complain that others mumble or speak unclearly?
- Do you often need to ask people to repeat what they have said?
- When attending a religious service, theater, meeting or at a dinner table, do you have difficulty understanding what is being said?
- Do you avoid social gatherings because there is too much noise or you cannot hear what people are saying?
- Do you often have trouble understanding a conversation when there is background noise or other people are talking at the same time?
- Do you experience ringing in the ears or other head noises?
- Do you often find it hard to localize the source of sounds?
- Have your family members, colleagues or friends asked you whether you have a hearing problem?
If you have answered yes to any of these 10 questions, it may indicate a hearing loss. It is recommended that you make an appointment to schedule a consultation or hearing assessment with a hearing health care professional to determine whether these difficulties are due to a temporary or a permanent hearing impairment. Please contact us to schedule an appointment for a hearing assessment and house call.