Hearing Loss

Frequently Asked Questions

14. How do I know if I might have a hearing loss?

Ask yourself the following questions. If you answer "yes" to three or more of these questions, you could have a hearing problem and may need to have your hearing checked by a doctor or other hearing professional.

  • Do you sometimes feel embarrassed when you meet new people because you struggle to hear?
  • Do you feel frustrated when talking to members of your family because you have difficulty hearing them?
  • Do you have difficulty hearing or understanding co-workers, clients, or customers?
  • Do you feel restricted or limited by a hearing problem?
  • Do you have difficulty hearing when visiting friends, relatives, or neighbors?
  • Do you have trouble hearing in the movies or in the theater?
  • Does a hearing problem cause you to argue with family members?
  • Do you have trouble hearing the TV or radio at levels that are loud enough for others?
  • Do you feel that any difficulty with your hearing limits your personal life or social life?
  • Do you have trouble hearing family or friends when you are together in a restaurant?

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