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Do I have Hearing Loss?

Hearing loss often creeps up on us so gradually, that we tend to start accommodating for it without realizing it.  The volume on the tv or radio starts increasing, you find yourself leaning in to hear speech-in-noise, and you may even catch yourself cupping your hand behind your ear or saying, “What?” more and more.  So how do you know when it is time to take charge of your hearing and schedule a comprehensive audiological assessment?  

HERE ARE SOME GOOD QUESTIONS YOU CAN ASK YOURSELF: 

1. Do people seem to mumble or speak in a softer voice than they used to? 
2. Do you feel tired or irritable after a long conversation? 
3. Do you sometimes miss key words in a sentence, or frequently need to ask people to repeat themselves? 
4. When you are in a group or in a crowded restaurant, is it difficult for you to follow the conversation? 
5. When you are together with other people, does background noise bother you? 
6. Do you often need to turn up the volume on your TV or radio? 
7. Do you find it difficult to hear the doorbell or the telephone ring? 
8. Is carrying on a telephone conversation difficult? 
9. Do you find it difficult to pinpoint where an object is (e.g. an alarm clock or a telephone) from the noise it makes?
10. Has someone close to you mentioned that you might have a problem with your hearing?