Hearing loss is one of the most common health conditions, particularly as people age. Most people over the age of 65 have some hearing loss, and by age 80, almost everyone does. Because hearing loss usually occurs slowly over the years, you may not realize your hearing ability has gotten worse. Here are some signs that you should have your hearing checked:
• Have to strain to hear normal conversation.
• Have to watch other people’s faces very carefully to follow what they’re saying.
• Need to ask people to repeat what they’ve said.
• Often misunderstand what people are saying.
• Turn the volume of the television or radio up so high that others complain.
• Feel that people are mumbling when they’re talking to you.
• Find that the effort to hear leaves you feeling tired and irritated.
• Notice, when using the phone, that you hear better with one ear than the other.
It’s best to discuss your concerns with your primary care professional first who will then determine if you should be referred to a hearing specialist.