This short checklist will help you determine whether you are experiencing specific hearing problems. The questions relate to everyday listening situations where many people – even those with only minor hearing losses – could experience difficulties hearing clearly.
Please take your time to answer the below questions, perhaps together with a close friend or family member who might have commented on your hearing ability.
- When watching television with others, do you need to set the volume higher than they would to hear what is being said?
- Do you often need to ask people to repeat what they have said?
- Do you often feel that other people are ‘mumbling’ or speaking unclearly?
- Do you often have trouble understanding a conversation when there is background noise or other people are talking at the same time?
- Have your family members, colleagues, friends asked you whether you have a hearing problem?
- During conversations in a car, a restaurant, or another noisy place, do you often misunderstand what is being said?
- Do you often experience problems hearing and understanding what other people are saying to you when you do not have eye contact?
- Do you need to sit close to the speakers at meetings, religious services, or at the dinner table in order to understand?
- Do you feel stressed or tired when you have had to listen for long periods?
If your answer was “Yes” to any of the above questions, it indicates a likely hearing loss.
We recommend that you consult a hearing healthcare professional to investigate whether these difficulties are due to a temporary or a permanent hearing impairment. Please contact us for a complimentary hearing test.