Do You Have a Hearing Loss?
As someone who has been in the field of Audiology for many years, I have become accustomed to spotting people who wear hearing aids. But are they the only people who suffer from hearing loss? Not at all.
Statistical studies vary greatly on the actual number of Americans that suffer from hearing loss due to the fact it is an unseen condition. No outward signs would indicate that one person in a crowd has or does not have a loss of hearing. You would notice trying to communicate with them, but you could not assume anything until you do.
Below is a series of questions put together by Drs. Weinstein and Venters for self-diagnosis of hearing loss. At your leisure, answer the questions Yes, No, or Sometimes.
Does a hearing problem cause you to feel embarrassed when meeting new people?
Does a hearing problem cause you to feel frustrated when talking to members of your family?
Do you have difficulty hearing when someone speaks in a whisper?
Do you feel handicapped by a hearing problem?
Does a hearing problem cause you difficulty when visiting friends, relatives, or neighbors?
Does a hearing problem cause you to attend religious Services less often than you would like?
Does a hearing problem cause you to have arguments with family members?
Does a hearing problem cause you difficulty when listening to TV or radio?
Do you feel that any difficulty with your hearing limits or hampers your personal or social life?
Does a hearing problem cause you difficulty when in a restaurant with relatives and friends?
The Yes answers are worth 4 points each and the Sometimes answers are worth 2 points each. Total scores above 12 should consult with their audiologist to see if an issue exists. Sometimes loss can be due to wax build up that is completely natural. Other losses can be caused by medical factors, hereditary factors or noise exposure. An audiologist can evaluate your loss and review your options to help.
May is “Better Hearing Month”. Remember as you breakout the lawn mower, wear your ear protection to preserve the gift of hearing.