Answer the following questions to check for hearing loss and see whether you need to have your hearing checked by your doctor or hearing specialist.
|Do you have a problem hearing over the telephone?||Yes||No|
|Do you have trouble following the conversation when two or more people are talking at the same time?||Yes||No|
|Do people complain that you turn the TV or radio volume up too high?||Yes||No|
|Do you have to strain to understand conversation?||Yes||No|
|Do you have trouble hearing in a noisy background?||Yes||No|
|Do you find yourself asking people to repeat themselves?||Yes||No|
|Do many people you talk to seem to mumble or not speak clearly?||Yes||No|
|Do you misunderstand what others are saying and respond in a way that may embarrass you?||Yes||No|
|Do you have trouble understanding women and children?||Yes||No|
|Do people get annoyed because you misunderstand what they say?||Yes||No|
Total your "Yes" answers:
If you have 0 to 2 "Yes" answers, your hearing probably is good. Take the test again in a few months, especially if you are routinely exposed to loud noises.
If you have 3 or more "Yes" answers, you may have some hearing loss and may want to see a health professional for a hearing evaluation.
[Adapted from the U.S. National Institute on Deafness and Other Communicative Disorders1]
|Primary Medical Reviewer||Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||Steven T. Kmucha, MD - Otolaryngology|
|Last Revised||April 13, 2011|
Last Revised: April 13, 2011
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