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Should I get my hearing tested?

by Susan Fenrich

The New Year will soon be here. This is the time one thinks about annual physicals, vision examinations, mammograms, and other annual medical examinations. You should add an annual hearing screening to that list as well. Just like all the other exams, it is good to get a baseline hearing test. Even if you don't think you have a hearing problem now, a baseline would let you know how good you're hearing at the present time, should any hearing problems arise in the future. Do you think your hearing is not as good as it used to be? Have you noticed some changes this past year? The following questions will help you make a quick assessment:

1. Do people seem to mumble or speak too soft?

2. Do you frequently ask people to repeat themselves?

3. Do you have to strain to follow a conversation in a restaurant or group situation?

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4. Do you feel tired or irritable after a long conversation?

5. Do others complain that you turn the TV or radio up too loud?

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6. Do you often miss hearing the doorbell ring?

7. Do you hear water boiling when you are in the kitchen?

8. Is it a problem for you to hear the telephone ring or the conversation?

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9. Do you have difficulty telling where a sound is coming from?

10. Has someone close to you mentioned that you have a hearing problem?

If you answered yes to any or all of these questions, you may have a hearing loss and should have your hearing tested. A complete hearing test takes about an hour . You will listen to pure tones through earphones and a bone oscillator. If you have a hearing loss, word tests will be given to see how well you can understand speech. Once the hearing test is complete, you will know whether or not you have a hearing loss and whether you can be helped through the use of hearing instruments or if medical intervention might be necessary. Anytime you experience a sudden hearing loss, you should have your ears and hearing checked right away. Since hearing loss can indicate a medical condition; it should not be ignored.

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