If you suspect that your hearing is not as good as it used to be, the following questions may help you to make a simple evaluation.  If you can answer yes to one or more of the questions, you should consider consulting your general practitioner, an ENT-doctor or a hearing care professional to find out if your hearing is fading. A professional will be able to evaluate your situation within one hour and recommend the appropriate treatment.

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, do you have difficulty following the conversation?

5. When you are socializing 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 have difficulty hearing the doorbell or telephone ring?

8. Is carrying on a telephone conversation difficult?

9. Has someone close to you mentioned that you might have a problem with your hearing?


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