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
Almost always Often Sometimes Never
I misunderstand some words in a sentence and need to ask
people to repeat themselves
To be answered by a family member or friend
People complain that I turn the television volume up too loud
I especially have trouble understanding the speech of women and children
I misunderstand what others are saying and make inappropriate responses
I get confused as to where sounds are coming from
4 - 5
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.
Total Score: ______________
I avoid social activities because I cannot hear well and fear that I'll reply improperly
I have worked in noisy environments, such as assembly lines, with jackhammers or jet engines
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?
0 - 3
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.
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 hear fine---if people would just stop mumbling
I miss hearing certain common sounds, like the phone or doorbell
Have their listening and communication skills become less effective?
I have to strain to understand conversations
I have trouble hearing conversations in noisy backgrounds, such
as at a party or restaurant