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Signs of Hearing Loss

Hearing loss is a problem shared by many people. In fact, it is one of the most common health conditions, particularly as people age. Most people over age 65 have some hearing loss, and by age 80, almost everyone does. Because hearing loss usually occurs slowly over the years, you may not realize your hearing ability has gotten worse.

Woman and man sitting at table reading paper. Woman is leaning towards man trying to hear what he's saying. Man sitting in chair watching football on TV. Boy standing next to TV, covering his ears.

Have your hearing checked

Contact your healh care provider if you:

  • Have to strain to hear normal conversation.

  • Have to watch other people’s faces very carefully to follow what they’re saying.

  • Need to ask people to repeat what they’ve said.

  • Often misunderstand what people are saying.

  • Turn the volume of the television or radio up so high that others complain.

  • Feel that people are mumbling when they’re talking to you.

  • Find that the effort to hear leaves you feeling tired and irritated.

  • Notice, when using the phone, that you hear better with 1 ear than the other.

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