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Do You Know How to Recognize Hearing Loss?

Answer the following 10 questions to see if you need to be evaluated by a professional

Recognize Hearing Loss

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How you answer a few telling questions about your everyday life and conversations will help you recognize hearing loss and the need to see a doctor.

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1. Do you have a problem hearing when you're speaking on the phone?

Yes

No

2. Do you have trouble following a conversation when two or more people are talking at the same time?

 Yes

 No

 

3. Do people complain that you turn the television volume up too high?

Yes

No

4. Do you have to strain to understand conversations?

 Yes

 No

5. Do you have trouble hearing when you are in a noisy place?

 Yes

 No

 

6. Do you find yourself asking people to repeat themselves?

Yes

No

 

7. Do many people you talk to seem to mumble or not speak clearly?

 Yes

 No

 

8. Do you misunderstand what others are saying and respond inappropriately?

 Yes

 No

9. Do you have trouble understanding when women and children speak?

 Yes

 No

 

10. Do people get annoyed because you misunderstand what they say?

Yes

No

 

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.

This quiz is adapted from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders and is for general information only. It is not intended for diagnostic or treatment purposes. A doctor or other health care professional must be consulted for diagnostic information and advice regarding treatment.

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