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10 Ways to Identify Hearing Loss

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For more information about your hearing health, contact the NIDCD Information Clearinghouse:
Voice: (800) 241-1044
TTY: (800) 241-1055
E-mail: nidcdinfo@nidcd.nih.gov
Internet: www.nidcd.nih.gov

Wise Ears ®WISE EARS! ®

Could you or a loved one have noise-induced hearing loss? Millions of Americans areexperiencing hearing loss due to excessive noise exposure and other causes.

10 Ways to Identify Hearing Loss

Take the following quiz to help determine if you need to see a health professional about your hearing:

Do you have a problem hearing over the telephone?
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   checkbox No

Do you have trouble following the conversation when two or more people are talking at the same time?
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Do people complain that you turn the TV volume up too high?
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Do you have to strain to understand conversation?
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Do you have trouble hearing in a noisy background?
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Do you find yourself asking people to repeat themselves?
checkbox Yes   checkbox No

Do many people you talk to seem to mumble (or not speak clearly)?
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Do you misunderstand what others are saying and respond inappropriately?
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Do you have trouble understanding the speech of women and children?
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Do people get annoyed because you misunderstand what they say?
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If you answered "Yes" to three or more of these questions, you may want to see an otolaryngologist (an ear, nose, and throat specialist) or an audiologist for a hearing evaluation.

WISE EARS!® is a national campaign to prevent noise-induced hearing loss. The NIDCD Information Clearinghouse is a service of the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Spring 2007 Issue: Volume 2 Number 2 Page 25