One out of every 10 Americans, or 28 million people, have some degree of hearing loss that can affect their work, their relationships, or be a barrier to enjoying social occasions.
You can determine whether you need a more comprehensive hearing evaluation by
completing our simple five-minute hearing test.
The following quiz was developed by the American Academy of
Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.
I have worked in noisy environments, such as assembly lines, with jackhammers or jet engines
I hear fine---if people would just stop mumbling
If you answer "Almost always" or "Often" to three or fewer questions, your hearing is basically fine and no real action is required.
Do you think this individual has a hearing loss?
I avoid social activities because I cannot hear well and fear that I'll reply improperly
People complain that I turn the television volume up too loud
4 - 5
I have trouble following a conversation when two or more people are
speaking at the same time
People get annoyed because I misunderstand what they have said
I have difficulty hearing over the telephone
If you answer "Almost always" or "Often" to four or five questions, we suggest that you have your hearing tested so you will have a baseline understanding of your current condition, and for future reference.
I get confused as to where sounds are coming from
Almost always Often Sometimes Never
I have to strain to understand conversations
Total Score: ______________
Have their listening and communication skills become less effective?
To be answered by a family member or friend
I have trouble hearing conversations in noisy backgrounds, such
as at a party or restaurant
By answering "Almost always" or "Often" to six or more questions, we strongly recommend that you call our office to have your hearing evaluated.
I especially have trouble understanding the speech of women and children
I misunderstand what others are saying and make inappropriate responses
I misunderstand some words in a sentence and need to ask
people to repeat themselves
I miss hearing certain common sounds, like the phone or doorbell
0 - 3