When Should I Have a Hearing Evaluation by an Audiologist?
Modified from questionnaire developed by the Academy of Dispensing Audiologists
Several signs can warn you, and probably have already warned your family, that you may have a hearing loss. If you answer yes to three or more of the following statements, you should consider scheduling an appointment with an audiologist to have a thorough hearing evaluation.
- I use “huh” or “what” more than in the past.
- I often ask people to repeat themselves.
- I need the radio or TV louder than other family members.
- I avoid participating in groups because I don’t understand well.
- I watch TV less often because I can’t understand well.
- I have difficulty understanding people on the phone.
- I try to avoid small talk at family gatherings.
- I notice that background noise seems to drown out voices.
- I guess what people are saying and am often wrong.
- I am bothered by loud sounds.
- I have arguments with family members because of misunderstandings over what was said.
- I often rely on “reading” people’s lips to understand what they are saying.