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You might have hearing loss if you:


  • require frequent repetition
  • have difficulty following conversations involving more than 2 people
  • think that other people sound like they’re mumbling
  • have difficulty hearing in noisy situations, like conferences, restaurants, malls, or crowded meeting rooms
  • have trouble hearing children and women
  • have your TV or radio turned up to a high volume
  • answer or respond inappropriately in conversations
  • read lips or more intently watch people’s faces when they speak with you


  • feel stressed or nervous from straining to hear and understand what others are saying
  • are embarrassed or annoyed at or other people because you can’t hear or understand them
  • withdraw from social situation that you once enjoyed because of difficulty hearing


  • have ringing in your ears
  • have a family history of hearing loss
  • take medications that can harm the hearing system (e.g., ototoxic drugs)
  • have diabetes, heart, circulation, kidney, or thyroid problems
  • have been exposed to very loud sounds over a long period or a single exposure to explosive noise