Do I have hearing loss?
DO I HAVE A HEARING LOSS?:
Do others complain that you listen to the TV or radio too loud?
Do you often complain that people "mumble" or "people don't speak as clearly as they used to?
Do you feel growing nervous tension, irritability or fatigue from the effort to hear?
Do you find yourself watching people's faces intently when you are listening?
Do you frequently misunderstand or need to have things repeated?
Do you have diabetes, heart, thyroid or circulation problems?
Do you have problems hearing in noisy situations or groups?
Do words sound loud enough, but not clear enough?
Do you have a ringing or buzzing in your ears?
Is there a family history of hearing loss?
Have you worked or been exposed to loud noise without ear protection? (i.e. airplanes, car racing, hunting, machinery, military, music)
Have you been exposed to ototoxic drugs or medications?
If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, you might have a hearing loss. Please call your local hearing instrument specialist for an appointment today.
PROGRESSIVE STAGES OF SENSORINEURAL HEARING IMPAIRMENT
Mild Loss (20db - 45db)
"Hears when he wants to"
"Not paying attention"
Mild frustration in "noisy" situations
Denial of impairment sometimes slightly defensive
Little desire to seek help for loss
Moderate loss (45db - 65db)
Marked frustration is some social settings
Defensive, deep denial
Lessened creativity/ intellectual stimulus
Tends to dominate conversation or withdraw
Lessened desire to seek help on own
Severe loss (65db - 95db)
Social isolation, antisocial behavior
Sense of loss/ depression
Insecure/ aggressive/ socially withdrawn
Falling quality of life/ doubted self worth
Least of all motivated to seek help
Profound loss (95db+)
Social separation and isolation
Difficult to bond in relationships
Severely lessened environmental awareness