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7 Hearing Loss Resources To Better Your Quality of Life

Updated: Sep 2, 2020

How Can I Tell If I Have a Hearing Loss?

Ask yourself the following questions. If you answer “yes” to three or more of these questions, you could have a hearing loss and might need to have your hearing checked.

  • Do you sometimes feel embarrassed when you meet new people because you struggle to hear?

  • Do you feel frustrated when talking to people because you have difficulty hearing them?

  • Do you have difficulty hearing or understanding co-workers, clients, or customers?

  • Do you feel restricted or limited when you have a problem hearing?

  • Do you often think, “I can hear but I don’t understand what is being said?”

  • Do you have trouble understanding the dialogue on internet videos, movies, or in the theater?

  • Does a communication issue due to poor hearing cause you to argue with family members?

  • Do you ask people to repeat what they say?

  • Do you think others mumble?

  • Do you have difficulty hearing on the phone?

  • Do you have trouble hearing the TV or radio and turn up the volume that is too loud for others?

  • Do you feel your personal or social life is limited?

  • Do you have trouble hearing your dining companions when you are together in a restaurant?

Adapted from: Newman, C.W., Weinstein, B.E., Jacobson, G.P., & Hug, G.A. (1990). The Hearing Handicap Inventory for Adults [HHIA]: Psychometric adequacy and audiometric correlates. Ear Hear, 11, 430-433. Source

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