By National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
Here is a quiz elderly people can take to determine if they have a hearing problem. Have your loved one ask themselves the following questions. If he/she answers "yes" to three or more of these questions, there could a hearing problem and he/she should have a hearing test by a doctor.
- Do I have a problem hearing on the telephone?
- Do I have trouble hearing when there is noise in the background?
- Is it hard for me to follow a conversation when two or more people talk at once?
- Do I have to strain to understand a conversation?
- Do many people I talk to seem to mumble (or not speak clearly)?
- Do I misunderstand what others are saying and respond inappropriately?
- Do I often ask people to repeat themselves?
- Do I have trouble understanding the speech of women and children?
- Do people complain that I turn the TV volume up too high?
- Do I hear a ringing, roaring, or hissing sound a lot?
- Do some sounds seem too loud?
Hearing problems are serious. The most important thing you can do if you think your loved one has a hearing problem is see a doctor. An otolaryngologist, a doctor who specializes in the ear, nose, and throat, or an audiologist can diagnose hearing loss.
There are many causes of hearing loss. Some types are treatable, or even curable. If the hearing loss affects every day life, a wide variety of hearing loss devices are available to help.