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Do you have a hearing loss?

BY READERS DIGEST

1st Jan 2015 Health Conditions

Do you have a hearing loss?
Most people slowly lose their hearing as part of the natural ageing process—around 70% of people aged over 70 have some kind of hearing loss. As this happens over time, it may take a while to recognise the loss. More rarely, hearing loss develops quickly and is noticeable straight away.
If you answer yes to some of the following questions, you might have a hearing loss. Do you:
  • ask people to repeat what they say?
  • misunderstand what’s being said?
  • have trouble hearing in groups?
  • think others mumble?
  • fail to hear others entering the room?
  • have trouble hearing the doorbell or telephone ringing?
  • have difficulty hearing over the telephone?
  • get confused about which direction sound is coming from?
  • turn up the volume of your TV or music when it’s fine for others?
  • have others tell you that you’re not speaking clearly?
  • dread going to pubs, parties and being in other noisy places?

Take a hearing check

Need more information about hearing loss, including its types and causes? Find more here from our carefully selected partner, Hidden Hearing.

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