Ask yourself the following questions. If you answer “yes” to two or more of these questions, or “sometimes” to three or more of these questions, you could have hearing loss and should consider having your hearing checked.
Do you have turn up the volume when listening to TV or radio?
Do you have trouble hearing conversations in a noisy background such as a crowded room or restaurant?
Have family members and friends have told you they think you may have hearing loss?
Do you have trouble following the conversation when two or more people are talking at the same time?
Do you strain to understand conversations?
Do you have trouble hearing on the telephone?
Do you have to worry about missing a telephone ring or doorbell?
Do you avoid social activities because you cannot hear well and fear you will reply improperly?
Do you misunderstand some words in a sentence and need to ask people to repeat themselves?
Do you have trouble understanding the speaker in a large room such as a meeting or place of worship?
Do many people you talk to seem to mumble (or don't speak clearly)?