Typically, hearing changes slowly and gradually. So slowly most people don’t realize it’s changed. Because the one with decreased hearing ability often is unaware of it, it’s important to listen to the loved ones around you. They will notice the changes in your hearing behavior. When they do, it’s time for a hearing evaluation.
Though loved ones often notice it first, you may be aware of some of the signs and symptoms. You can take the Hearing Quiz.
- Do family members complain that the TV is too loud?
- Do you have difficulty hearing someone talk from another room?
- Do you have difficulty with a conversation when in a moving vehicle?
- Do you feel people mumble?
- Do you hear part of what people say?
- Do you have trouble hearing on the telephone?
- Do you have noises in your ears?
- Have you worked in a noisy place?
If you said yes to any of these questions, you are overdue for a baseline assessment. We recommend everyone have a baseline evaluation by the age of 40 years. This will allow us to track future changes in hearing. Hearing assessment is usually a covered benefit under your health insurance, there is no reason to put it off. You have much to gain by taking care of your hearing.