No longer just an “old age” affliction, hearing loss is the third most common health problem in this country today. It affects more than 34 million people — including men and women in their forties and fifties. Because hearing loss often develops gradually, many sufferers are not even aware it exists. They learn to cope through avoidance, isolation and focusing on non-verbal cues. Take the following self-test to see if you may have a hearing loss:
- Do you have a problem hearing over the phone?
- Do you have trouble following the conversation when two or more people are talking at the same time?
- Do others complain that you turn the TV volume too high?
- Do you strain to understand conversations?
- Do have trouble hearing conversations in a noisy background like at a party?
- Do you miss hearing some common sounds like the phone or doorbell ring?
- Do get confused about where sounds are coming from?
- Do you misunderstand some words in a sentence and need to ask people to repeat themselves?
- Do you especially have trouble understanding the speech of women and children?
- Have you worked in a noisy environment in the past?
- Do you think many people mumble when they talk?
- Do others get annoyed because you misunderstand what they are saying?
- Do you make inappropriate responses because you misunderstand what others are saying?
- Do you avoid social activities because you can’t hear well and fear that you’ll reply improperly?
If you answered “YES” to three or more of these questions,
Please contact El Dorado Audiology.