If you’re wondering if you have a hearing problem, ask yourself the following questions. If you answer “yes” to three or more of these questions, you could have a hearing problem and may need to have your hearing tested by an audiologist.
- Do I have a problem hearing on the telephone?
- Do I have trouble hearing when there’s noise in the background?
- Is it hard for me to follow a conversation when two or more people talk at once?
- Do I have to strain to understand a conversation?
- Do many people I talk to seem to mumble (or not speak clearly)?
- Do I misunderstand what others are saying and respond inappropriately?
- Do I often ask people to repeat themselves?
- Do I have trouble understanding the speech of women and children?
- Do people complain that I turn the TV volume up too high?
- Do I hear a ringing, roaring, or hissing sound a lot?
- Do some sounds seem too loud?
Because the prevalence of hearing loss increases with age (1 in 3 among persons over 65), as Baby Boomers get older, estimates of those with hearing impairment are expected to double. Older adults with hearing loss are more likely to develop problems thinking and remembering than older adults whose hearing is normal, according to a new study by hearing experts at Johns Hopkins.
According to researchers, possible explanations for the cognitive decline include the ties between hearing loss and social isolation, with loneliness being well established in previous research as a risk factor for cognitive decline. Degraded hearing may also force the brain to devote too much of its energy to processing sound, at the expense of energy spent on memory and thinking. There may also be some common, underlying damage that leads to both hearing and cognitive problems.
(Source: Johns Hopkins Medicine)
Hearing loss is one of the most common conditions affecting adults. Hearing problems make it difficult to enjoy talking with friends and family. Hearing loss can also make it difficult to speak with and understand your doctor, respond to warnings, and hear doorbells and alarms. All of these difficulties can be frustrating, embarrassing, and even dangerous.
(Source: NIH Senior Health)
Audiologists at the Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center treat adults daily who are experiencing hearing loss and may require hearing aids.