These questions can help you
These questions relating to your actual experiences in everyday situations, are meant to identify areas of difficulty and how much they might affect you in your daily life. They are offered by the US National Institutes of Health to help adults assess whether to have a professional hearing evaluation.
Answer “Yes” or “No” to each question, then count the total number of “Yes” answers:
- Do you have a problem hearing over the telephone?
- Do you have trouble following the conversation when two or more people are talking at once?
- Do people complain that you turn the TV volume up too high?
- Do you have to strain to understand conversation?
- Do you have trouble hearing when there is noise in the background?
- Do you find yourself asking people to repeat themselves?
- Do many people you talk to seem to mumble, speak to fast, or not speak clearly?
- Do you misunderstand what others are saying and respond inappropriately?
- Do you have trouble understanding the speech of women and children?
- Do people get annoyed because you misunderstand what they say?
If you answered “Yes” to three or more questions, please take the next step and Contact Us for a complimentary hearing evaluation. A hearing examination is also recommended if you hear ringing, roaring, or hissing sounds.
The Consequences of Untreated Hearing Loss
Sergei Kochkin, Ph.D., Executive Director at the Better Hearing Institute, Alexandria, VA
Many people are aware that their hearing has deteriorated but are reluctant to seek help. Perhaps they don’ t want to acknowledge the problem, are embarrassed by what they see as a weakness, or believe that they can “ get by ” without using a hearing aid. And, unfortunately, too many wait years, even decades, before getting treatment.
But time and again, research demonstrates the considerable negative social, psychological, cognitive and health effects of untreated hearing loss…with far-reaching implications that go well beyond hearing alone. In fact, those who have difficulty hearing can experience such distorted and incomplete communication that it seriously impacts their professional and personal lives, at times leading to isolation and withdrawal.
Studies have linked untreated hearing loss to:
- Dementia, Alzheimer’s Disease and other memory loss conditions
- Irritability, negativism and anger
- Fatigue, tension, stress and depression
- Avoidance or withdrawal from social situations
- Social rejection and loneliness
- Reduced alertness and increased risk to personal safety
- Impaired memory and ability to learn new tasks
- Reduced job performance and earning power
- Diminished psychological and overall health
Hearing loss is not just an ailment of old age. It can strike at any time and any age, even childhood.
For the young, even a mild or moderate hearing loss could bring difficulty learning, developing speech and building the important interpersonal skills necessary to foster self-esteem and succeed in school and life.