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Hearing Loss Warning Signs

Most sensorineural hearing losses develop over time. The gradual nature of the hearing loss makes it difficult to identify at the early stages. To determine if hearing aids may indeed help you, please answer the following questions about the warning signs of hearing loss:
  • Do you often ask others to repeat themselves?
  • Has your spouse or a friend ever told you that you don't hear well?
  • Do you turn up the radio or TV louder than others prefer?
  • Do you find yourself ignoring sounds when not facing their source?
  • Is it especially difficult to understand conversation in a restaurant, group situation, or when there is background noise?
  • Do you feel frustration with friends and family when you cannot hear them?
  • Do you hear some people more clearly than others?
  • Do you hear conversation but have difficulty understanding the words?
  • Are you withdrawing more from contact with friends and family?
  • Do you turn one ear toward a speaker in order to hear better?

"Yes" answers to 3 or more of these questions indicate likely sensorineural hearing loss, the most common form of hearing impairment and the type of hearing loss that benefits from properly fitted hearing aids. Your hearing healthcare professional can determine the exact degree of your hearing loss and what steps to take so you can re-enter the world of sound.

"Use of hearing aids is perhaps the most important factor in rehabilitating people with nerve hearing disorders," writes Gale Gardner, M.D., world-renowned ear specialist and author of Nerve Deafness and You. "Hearing aids won't cure nerve deafness any more than glasses will cure poor eyesight. Hearing aids can, however, help most people with sensorineural hearing impairment - nerve deafness -- to hear better, an important first step in reestablishing an individual's social, economic, and emotional well being."

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