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10 Ways to Identify Hearing Loss

If you are 18 to 64 years old, the following questions will help you determine if you need to have your hearing evaluated by a health professional. Answer YES or NO.

  1. Does a hearing problem cause you to feel embarrassed when you meet new people?
  2. Does a hearing problem cause you to feel frustrated when talking to members of your family?
  3. Do you have difficulty hearing or understanding co-workers, clients, or customers?
  4. Do you feel slowed down by a hearing problem?
  5. Does a hearing problem cause you difficulty when visiting friends, relatives, or neighbors?
  6. Does a hearing problem cause you difficulty in the movies or in the theater?
  7. Does a hearing problem cause you to have arguments with family members?
  8. Does a hearing problem cause you difficulty when listening to TV or radio?
  9. Do you feel that any difficulty with your hearing limits or hampers your personal or social life?
  10. Does a hearing problem cause you difficulty when in a restaurant with relatives or friends?

If you answered "yes" to three or more of these questions, you may want to see an otolaryngologist (an ear, nose, and throat specialist) or an audiologist for a hearing evaluation.

For more information about your hearing health, contact the NIDCD Information Clearinghouse:

Voice: (800) 241-1044
TTY: (800) 241-1055
E-mail: nidcdinfo@nidcd.nih.gov
Internet: www.nidcd.nih.gov

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
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Spring 2015 Issue: Volume 10 Number 1 Page 13