Like so many things in life, our hearing changes, but the transition to a quieter world happens so slowly that it can easily go unnoticed. That is why it is important to be able to recognize the telltale signs.

These questions cover a whole range of everyday listening situations, and will help you to make a quick assessment of your own hearing, or that of someone you love. If it reveals problems, make an appointment for a diagnostic hearing evaluation. As with most health conditions, the earlier you get a clear diagnosis, the more successful the outcome is likely to be.

  1. Do people seem to be mumbling?
  2. Do you have to strain to hear when someone talks or whispers?
  3. Do you have difficulty hearing when someone calls from behind or from another room?
  4. Do you need to watch a speaker’s lips more closely to follow the conversation?
  5. Do you find it hard to keep up in meetings, in restaurants, or in lectures?
  6. Do you listen to the TV or radio at a level that frustrates those around you?
  7. Do you find it hard to hear clearly on the telephone?
  8. Do you miss a lot of the dialogue when going to the theatre, cinema, or other entertainment venues?
  9. Do you find it hard to hear in noisy environments like in the street, in a car, or at family gatherings?
  10. Do you tend to limit your social activities because it is difficult to hear and communicate?
  11. Do family, friends, or colleagues mention that they often have to repeat themselves?

Only a hearing test can confirm a hearing loss. Have your hearing treated professionally for your own peace of mind and for the benefit of the relationships that are important to you.