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What is hearing loss?

Hearing loss is a sudden or gradual decrease in how well you can hear. It is one of the most common conditions affecting older and elderly adults. Approximately one in three people between the ages of 65 and 74 has hearing loss and nearly half of those older than 75 have difficulty hearing. Having trouble hearing can make it hard to understand and follow a doctor’s advice, to respond to warnings, and to hear doorbells and alarms. It can also make it hard to enjoy talking with friends and family. All of this can be frustrating, embarrassing, and even dangerous.

Do I have a hearing problem?

Ask yourself the following questions. If you answer “yes” to three (3) or more of these questions, you could have a hearing problem and may need to have your hearing checked by a doctor.

  • Do I have a problem hearing on the telephone or cell phone?

  • Do I have trouble hearing when there is noise in the background?

  • Is it hard for me to follow a conversation when two or more people talk at the same time?

  • Do I have to strain to understand a conversation?

  • Do many people I talk to seem to mumble (or not speak clearly)?

  • Do I misunderstand what others are saying and respond inappropriately?

  • Do I often ask people to repeat themselves?

  • Do people complain that I turn the TV volume up too high?

  • Do you struggle listening in worship areas (eg: mosques, churches, temples or others)

What should I do if I have trouble hearing?

Hearing problems can be serious. The most important thing you can do if you think you have a hearing problem is to seek professional advice. You can send us inquiries using our contact form below.