Do you think you might have a hearing loss?

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Hearing loss usually develops slowly. People with mild to moderate hearing loss may not be aware of their problem, even though it's obvious to friends and family. Hearing loss is invisible and often develops slowly over a period of 25 - 30 years. By the age of 50 or 60, there can be enough deterioration to interfere with conversation and overall quality of life.


Hearing Health Quick Test
  1. Do you find it difficult to follow a conversation in a noisy restaurant or crowded room?
    [ _ ] Yes[ _ ] No[ _ ] Sometimes
  2. Do you sometimes feel that people are mumbling or not speaking clearly?
    [ _ ] Yes[ _ ] No[ _ ] Sometimes
  3. Do you have trouble following dialog in the theater?
    [ _ ] Yes[ _ ] No[ _ ] Sometimes
  4. Do you sometimes find it hard to understand a speaker at a public meeting or a religious service?
    [ _ ] Yes[ _ ] No[ _ ] Sometimes
  5. Do you find yourself asking people to speak up or repeat themselves?
    [ _ ] Yes[ _ ] No[ _ ] Sometimes
  6. Do you find men's voices easier to understand than women's?
    [ _ ] Yes[ _ ] No[ _ ] Sometimes
  7. Do you have trouble understanding soft or whispered speech?
    [ _ ] Yes[ _ ] No[ _ ] Sometimes
  8. Do you sometimes have trouble understanding speech on the telephone?
    [ _ ] Yes[ _ ] No[ _ ] Sometimes
  9. Does a hearing problem cause you to feel embarrassed when meeting new people?
    [ _ ] Yes[ _ ] No[ _ ] Sometimes
  10. Do you feel handicapped by a hearing problem?
    [ _ ] Yes[ _ ] No[ _ ] Sometimes
  11. Does visit friends, relatives or neighbors less often than you would like because of a hearing problem?
    [ _ ] Yes[ _ ] No[ _ ] Sometimes
  12. Do you have ringing or noises in your ears?
    [ _ ] Yes[ _ ] No[ _ ] Sometimes
  13. Do you hear better with one ear than the other?
    [ _ ] Yes[ _ ] No[ _ ] Sometimes
  14. Have you had any significant noise exposure during work, recreation or military service?
    [ _ ] Yes[ _ ] No[ _ ] Sometimes
  15. Have any of your relatives (by birth) had a hearing loss?
    [ _ ] Yes[ _ ] No[ _ ] Sometimes
Scoring:
  • 2 points for Yes
  • 1 point for Sometimes
  • 0 points for No
  • Scores of 3 or more may mean that you have a hearing problem.
  • Scores of 6 or more strongly suggest that a hearing check is warranted.
External Source

American Academy of Audiology. Hearing Health Quick Test. Accessed March 2008. Available at: http://www.audiology.org/aboutaudiology/consumered/guides/quicktest.htm

Author: Dr. Tomi Browne

Disclaimer: The information about educational or therapeutic approaches is provided for educational purposes only. Certain treatments may or may not be covered through your benefit plan. Coverage typically depends on your plan specifications and relevant guidelines maintained in relation to your benefit plan.

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