How can I recognize hearing problems?

More often than not, hearing loss comes on very gradually, with no obvious symptoms, discomfort or pain. In the beginning, family members often learn to adapt to someone’s hearing loss, but over time recognize that something has changed with you. Recognizing the signs of hearing loss can be as simple as answering the following questions:

Yes    No     Do you often feel you can hear people talking but can’t understand whats being said?

Yes    No     Do you experience difficulty understanding in a group or crowd?

Yes    No     Do you experience difficulty understanding on the telephone?

Yes    No     Have you ever been told that you listen to the television too loud?

Yes    No     Have you ever been told you missed hearing the phone ring?

Yes    No     Do you have ringing or buzzing sounds in your ears?

Yes    No     Do you often ask people to repeat themselves?

Yes    No     Do you have problems hearing women’s voices or your grandchildren?

If you answered yes to two or more of these questions, you likely are suffering from some form of hearing loss.