Do I have Hearing Loss?
Until one’s hearing is professionally tested, the assessment of their hearing loss is entirely subjective. Until thorough testing is completed the perception of hearing loss is entirely subjective. People might be mumbling, but the difficulty could be that a person may have a physiological problem that they fear to face and address. For this reason it is essential that someone get an objective assessment of their hearing. It’s nice to know… … “ok… I didn’t hear a four kilohertz tone until it was 70 decibels loud on my right and left side”. Or… “I could only repeat 70% of a word list correctly using my left ear”. That is extremely objective, and settles the question once and for all. Since testing is free, I’ve had couples come in for testing just to see which one really had the hearing loss!
Frequently, however, many don’t really want it settled, but would rather leave it in the realm of uncertainty, because they fear that they will look geriatric by reason of having hearing aids, not sufficiently reckoning with the fact that actually having hearing loss and having to constantly ask for repetitions will make them look this way to a much more extenuated degree. At Half Price Hearing Aids we make this step easy…. all testing and assessment is completely free. Call for your free assessment today. 417-823-0484.
That being said, here is a subjective test that might render the need for a hearing test more evident. Ask yourself the following questions.
Check Your Hearing
Take this quick test and check your ability to hear properly.
1. Do people seem to mumble or speak in a softer voice than they used to?
2. Do you feel tired or irritable after a long conversation?
3. Do you sometimes miss key words in a sentence, or frequently need to ask people to repeat themselves?
4. When you are in a group or in a crowded restaurant, is it difficult for you to follow the conversation?
5. When you are together with other people, does background noise bother you?
6. Do you often need to turn up the volume on your TV or radio?
7. Do you find it difficult to hear the doorbell or the telephone ring?
8. Is carrying on a telephone conversation difficult?
9. Do you find it difficult to pinpoint where an object is (e.g. an alarm clock or a telephone) from the noise it makes?
10. Has someone close to you mentioned that you might have a problem with your hearing?
(Yes & No Check Boxes on Right)
HOW DID YOU DO?
Your answers to these questions only provide an early indication of whether your hearing is impaired or not. If you answered “yes” to just 1 or 2 of these questions you may not need our assistance just yet. If you answered “yes” to 3 of these questions, you may be experiencing some hearing loss. If you answered “yes” to 4 or more of these questions, we urge you to seek the our professional assessment of your hearing loss and get the information and help you need to address this apparent communication “bottleneck” in your social life.Continue to Step 2