Hearing Loss

10 Ways To Identify Hearing Loss

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You might think that identifying hearing loss is straight forward; however you will be surprised to know that it isn’t as simple as recognizing that you aren’t hearing properly. Hearing loss doesn’t happen overnight and it is such a gradual process; therefore, knowing if you are experiencing it is not as cut and dry as it “sounds”. More often than not, it is friends and family of someone with a hearing impairment who recognizes the problem first. It is important to understand though, that hearing loss is very common and doesn’t only happen to seniors either. Today, we are highlighting 10 ways to identify hearing loss.

Over 28 million Americans have some degree of hearing loss. 30 million more are regularly exposed to dangerous noise levels. Hearing loss can range from mild loss of sensitivity to soft sounds, or to a total loss of hearing ability. Approximately 30-35% of the adult population in the U.S. between the ages of 65-75 experience age related hearing loss. This figure rises to 40% of the population over the age of 75 making it the one of the most common conditions affecting the elderly.

Age isn’t the only determining factor for hearing loss, though. Younger adults and children can experience hearing loss. It can be caused by environmental factors, such as exposure to loud noises, or side effects of drugs or toxins. Certain illnesses can also cause hearing loss; it certainly isn’t limited to the elderly population.

Early detection is the best way to stay on top of hearing loss. These 10 questions can help determine if you should have your hearing assessed by a professional. Answer each question with a ‘Yes’ or a ‘No.’

  1. Do you struggle to hear conversations on the phone and rely on speakerphone?
  2. If two or more people are talking at the same time, do you have difficulty following the conversation?
  3. Do you get the impression that a lot of people you speak to mumble?
  4. Do you regularly ask people to repeat themselves?
  5. Have people remarked that you listen to television or music very loudly?
  6. Do you struggle understanding more soft-spoken individuals, particularly women and children?
  7. Do people get frustrated that you regularly misinterpret what they’re saying?
  8. Do you rely on watching someone’s face or mouth as they speak to help you to understand them?
  9. Do you struggle to hear the conversation in noisy environments, like a restaurant?
  10. Do you have a ringing, hissing, clicking or other noise in your ears when you are in a quiet place?

If you answered ‘Yes’ to three or more of these questions, we recommend booking in a hearing assessment. At Sutton Hearing & Balance, our experienced hearing care professionals will be able to determine if you are experiencing hearing loss and discuss options to help improve your hearing. Call us at (212) 786-5741 or click here to request an appointment today.

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