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Self-Quiz: Do you think you might have hearing loss?

Many people experience hearing loss gradually, often due to the natural aging process or long exposure to loud noise. Hearing loss can also be a sign of more serious health problems. If you think you may have a hearing loss, take this 5 minute hearing test.

You will receive 3 points for each "Almost Always," 2 points for every "half the time," 1 for every "occasionally," and 0 for every "never" answer. Keep track of your points on a sheet of paper and then score them according to the directions at the end of the test.

  1. I have a problem hearing over the telephone.

  2.        Almost Always
           Half the time
           Occasionally
           Never

  3. I have trouble following the conversation when two or more people are talking at the same time.

  4.        Almost Always
           Half the time
           Occasionally
           Never

  5. People complain that I turn the TV volume too high.

  6.        Almost Always
           Half the time
           Occasionally
           Never

  7. I have to strain to understand conversations.

  8.        Almost Always
           Half the time
           Occasionally
           Never

  9. I miss hearing some common sounds like the phone or doorbell ring.

  10.        Almost Always
           Half the time
           Occasionally
           Never

  11. I have trouble hearing conversations in a noisy background, such as a party.

  12.        Almost Always
           Half the time
           Occasionally
           Never

  13. I get confused about where sounds come from.

  14.        Almost Always
           Half the time
           Occasionally
           Never

  15. I misunderstand some words in a sentence and need to ask people to repeat themselves.

  16.        Almost Always
           Half the time
           Occasionally
           Never

  17. I especially have trouble understanding the speech of women and children.

  18.        Almost Always
           Half the time
           Occasionally
           Never

  19. I have worked in noisy environments (such as assembly lines, construction sites, or near jet engines).

  20.        Almost Always
           Half the time
           Occasionally
           Never

  21. Many people I talk to seem to mumble, or don't speak clearly.

  22.        Almost Always
           Half the time
           Occasionally
           Never

  23. People get annoyed because I misunderstand what they say.

  24.        Almost Always
           Half the time
           Occasionally
           Never

  25. I misunderstand what others are saying and make inappropriate responses.

  26.        Almost Always
           Half the time
           Occasionally
           Never

  27. I avoid social activities because I cannot hear well and fear I'll make improper replies.

  28.        Almost Always
           Half the time
           Occasionally
           Never

  29. Ask a family member or friend to answer this question: Do you think this person has a hearing loss?

  30.        Almost Always
           Half the time
           Occasionally
           Never

Add up your point total and compare to the chart below:

Points Recommended Action
0-5 points Your hearing is fine. No action is required
6-9 points It is suggested that you see a hearing healthcare professional
10 or more points It is strongly recommended that you see a hearing healthcare professional

Reprinted with permission of the American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery Foundation, copyright © 2005. All rights reserved.

 

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