Hearing loss is known as a silent disability and sometimes it creeps up on us so quietly that we don’t even realize we need to have our hearing checked. It really seems as if everyone has just started mumbling.

I remember when I got my glasses in the fifth grade. I walked outside and said, “Wow, there are leaves on the trees!” Yeah, it’s like that.

So, here are some questions that will help you determine whether or not you should have your hearing checked. Answer “Yes”, “No” or “Sometimes” to each question.

  1. Do you find it difficult to follow a conversation in a noisy restaurant or crowded room?
  2. Do you sometimes feel that people are mumbling or not speaking clearly?
  3. Do you experience difficulty following dialog in the theater?
  4. Do you sometimes find it difficult to understand a speaker at a public meeting or a religious service?
  5. Do you find yourself asking people to speak up or repeat themselves?
  6. Do you find men’s voices easier to understand than women’s?
  7. Do you experience difficulty understanding soft or whispered speech?
  8. Do you have difficulty understanding speech on the telephone?
  9. Does a hearing problem cause you to feel embarrassed when meeting new people?
  10. Do you feel handicapped by a hearing problem?
  11. Does a hearing problem cause you to visit friends, relatives, or neighbors less often than you would like?
  12. Do you experience ringing or noises in your ears?
  13. Do you hear better with one ear than the other?
  14. Have you had any significant noise exposure during work, recreation, or military service?
  15. Have any of your relatives (by birth) had a hearing loss?

2 points for Yes
1 point for Sometimes
0 points for No

Scores of 3 or more: May mean that you have a hearing problem.
Scores of 6 or more: Strongly suggest that a hearing check is warranted.

To find out about the next step, call (405) 917-1270 to have your questions answered.

Questions for this survey were taken from the American Academy of Audiology.