Hearing Loss SymptomsHearing loss is gradual; therefore you may not be aware of the extent of its loss until someone else brings it to your attention. It may be difficult to accept this news, but it is important to realize that recognizing the symptoms of hearing loss is the first step toward improving the quality of your life.
ChecklistThe following questions will help you determine if you, or a loved one, should have a hearing test performed by a PureTone Hearing Health Care Professional. There are two questionnaires to choose from. One is for you to answer about your own possible hearing loss. The other is about the hearing of a loved one. Just answer YES or NO to each question and when you're finished review the information that follows. Remember, detection of a hearing problem is the first step to improving your hearing health.
Do I have any hearing loss symptoms?
- Do people always comment that the volume on your TV or radio is too loud?
- Have you missed visits and calls from people because you didn't hear the doorbell or telephone ringing?
- Do you have trouble following conversation in crowded or noisy settings?
- Do you have difficulty hearing in public gatherings such as concert halls, theaters, or houses of worship where sound sources are far away?
- Do people seem to mumble and not speak clearly during conversation?
- Do you have to turn your head sometimes to hear people speak more clearly?
- Do people tell you that you speak too loudly in conversation?
- Do you frequently ask people to repeat themselves?
- Do your friends and family suggest that you have a hearing problem?
- Do you have a difficult time understanding the words of popular songs when listening to the radio?
Does someone I know have any symptoms of hearing loss?
- Does the person you know complain about having a difficult time hearing on the telephone?
- Do they always ask you and others to repeat yourselves?
- In crowded settings, does the person you know complain about not understanding what people are saying?
- Do they always turn the volume on the TV or radio up to an uncomfortable level just to hear a program or music?
- Does the person you know often complain of ringing in the ears?
- If you answered "YES" to any of these questions, you or your loved one may want to have a hearing test to determine if there's some degree of hearing loss.