According to Statistics Canada, 1 in 10 adults report having some degree of hearing loss and that number rises to over 1 in 4 for those over 75 years old. However, a study on the actual prevalence of hearing loss, not simply self reported hearing loss, suggests that those numbers could be much, much higher. Their findings showed that within their sample, 46% of adults and closer to 72% of those over 70 years old actually presented with hearing loss (Cruickshanks et al. 1998). So could you benefit from seeing an audiologist? Complete the following hearing loss checklist to find out.
Hearing Loss Checklist
- I require frequent repetition in order to understand speech.
- I have difficulty following conversations with more than two people.
- I think other people’s voices sound muffled.
- I have difficulty hearing in noisy situations.
- I have trouble hearing children and women.
- I turn the TV or radio up louder than others.
- I answer or respond inappropriately in conversations.
- I experience ringing in my ears.
- I read lips or depend on other people’s facial expressions during conversations.
If you answer yes to any or all of the above statements, you should make an appointment to see an audiologist for a hearing test. During your visit, the hearing professional will evaluate the different parts of your hearing system, such as your outer, middle and inner ear. The audiologist can evaluate these sections of the ear by conducting a hearing test which will take approximately 30 minutes. If they find that you suffer from hearing loss, your audiologist may recommend hearing aids or other assistive devices which can improve your overall hearing. The hearing professionals at Davidson Hearing Aid Centres are dedicated to your hearing health and will teach you how to use and care for your device while providing support during this adaptation period. Do not hesitate to consult a professional today, you have nothing to lose!