How do you know if you have a hearing loss?
Hearing loss is often referred to as a “hidden disability”. It is not obvious or apparent to those who are trying to communicate with you. You can be labeled or misinterpreted as snobbish, rude, inattentive, confused, senile or odd. Last on the list, if ever, is the possibility that you may be hearing-impaired. This happens because hearing loss is not a visual disability. Never the less it is a debilitating condition that can effect relationships, social involvement, emotional stability and communicative areas. It is a problem that is estimated to effect over 30 million people. Unfortunately many do not receive the assistance that’s available in today’s “high tech” world.
Is my hearing impaired?
If you are wondering if your hearing is impaired, answer the following questions:
1. You hear sounds and speech but have trouble understanding?
2. You have difficulty understanding especially in group or party environments?
3. Women and children’s voices tend to give you more problems?
4. You find yourself saying “huh” more often?
5. You respond inappropriately to questions?
6. You need to turn the volume higher on the TV and radio?
7. You find others mumbling a lot?
8. You have difficulty hearing certain sounds that others have no problems hearing?
If you answered yes to any of the above questions, you may have a hearing problem. We recommend that you have your hearing evaluated by an audiologist. You owe it to yourself and others to evaluate your condition and see if there is anything that can assist you.