That’s the Question
The problem is loss of hearing which afflicts over 28 million Americans of all ages. It can range
from being very mild, with the result of only faint, high-pitched sounds or voices not heard, to
so severe that even very loud noises may not be noticed.
As with most other health problems, early detection offers the best hope of finding a treatment
that will slow the deterioration of hearing, or at least compensate for it so that it does not place
a burden on those with hearing loss and their families. Another point is that early detection
leads to more ready acceptance of the hearing loss and to eventual use of hearing aids to com-pensate
for the loss. When this is done, maintaining social contact is not interrupted as it is for
those who have made mental and social accommodations for long-standing hearing loss.
Take This Simple Test
Hearing loss differs from most other afflictions in at least one important way. It is not usual-ly
characterized by pain or physical discomfort. If it were, hearing loss would be obvious. But
because it is usually a gradual, stealthy process, it can easily develop into a real handicap before
it commands attention. Unless, that is, one is aware of its other warning signs.
|1. You can hear, but you can’t understand:
Among the first sounds which “disappear” are those which are most high-pitched. These include:
|Yes | No|
|2. Have difficulty in understanding what is being
said, unless you are directly facing the speaker.
|Yes | No|
|3. Find yourself complaining that people are mumbling or slurring their words.||Yes | No|
|4. Are continually asking people to repeat words or phrases, though they feel they’re speaking loud enough.||Yes | No|
|5. Prefer the TV or radio louder than others do.||Yes | No|
|6. Have difficulty understanding conversation within a group of people.||Yes | No|
|7. Avoid group meetings, social occasions, public facilities, or family gatherings where listening may be difficult.||Yes | No|
|8. Have trouble hearing at the movies, church, concert halls, or at other public gatherings – especially where sound sources are at a distance from the listener.||Yes | No|
|9. Have ringing in the ears or other head noises (hissing, buzzing,crickets, etc). Tinnitus often accompanies hearing loss, but not always, and as such, may be the ears way of saying “ouch!”||Yes | No|
If you answered “yes” to at least two of these questions, you probably have a hearing loss and need to have your hearing tested. Contact Hearing Aid Express today to schedule your hearing test.