Signs of Hearing Loss
Hearing loss is a problem shared by many people. In fact, it is one of the most common health conditions, particularly as people age. Most people over age 65 have some hearing loss, and by age 80, almost everyone does. Because hearing loss usually occurs slowly over the years, you may not realize your hearing ability has gotten worse.
Have your hearing checked
Contact your healthcare provider if you:
Have to strain to hear normal conversation
Have to watch other people’s faces very carefully to follow what they’re saying
Need to ask people to repeat what they’ve said
Often misunderstand what people are saying
Turn the volume of the television or radio up so high that others complain
Feel that people are mumbling when they’re talking to you
Find that the effort to hear leaves you feeling tired and irritated
Notice, when using the phone, that you hear better with one ear than the other
March 21, 2017
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Kacker, Ashutosh, MD,Fetterman, Anne, RN, BSN,Image reviewed by StayWell art team.