Do you ever feel like the people you’re talking to are mumbling or speaking too quickly? Are you having to ask others to repeat themselves frequently? Or maybe you’re struggling to follow a conversation when there is background noise?
If so, these could be indicators that you have a hearing loss.
It’s not uncommon for friends and family members to notice we have hearing loss before we do. Most likely, it’s because we use them as a crutch to help fill in the blanks when we are missing parts of a conversation. Or, they’ll recognize we’re having a hard time on the telephone. Another common issue is how loud the volume on our TVs is. (Spoiler alert: too loud!)
If any of this sounds familiar to you, it’s time to get your hearing checked.
How to get a hearing test
Getting a hearing test is actually very easy. There are free hearing screenings you can take online that are a good first step. With a computer and your headphones, you can find out in a matter of minutes if you have a hearing loss.
But the most for-sure way to find out if you have a hearing loss is to get your hearing tested by a licensed hearing healthcare professional. They will be able to confirm not only if you have a hearing loss, but what type of loss you have and how severe it may be. They can also give you advice on options for treating it.
Not sure where to find a good hearing professional near you? Type your zip code in here, and we’ll give you a list of local providers.
So should you get a test? Well, if you answer yes to any of these questions, the answer is “YES!” get a hearing test.
- Do you have trouble following conversations in groups?
- Are you having difficulty on the phone?
- Do you think others are mumbling?
- Do you think “I can hear, but I can’t understand”
- Is it hard hearing in noisy environments like restaurants?
- Have you noticed the volume of the TV or radio needs to be turned up?
Hearing is important to our health and quality of life. And with today’s advancements in hearing technology, there’s no need to struggle. So don’t wait — find out once and for all. Early detection is the key to hearing and living better!
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