Are You Hard of Hearing?


According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, loss of hearing is a very common condition affecting the elderly, with one in three people over age 60 suffering from it.  While it may not be life threatening, hearing loss can dramatically affect a person’s quality of life and day-to-day functioning. Aging and cumulative exposure to loud noise can cause hearing loss, but there are less common causes such as certain viral or bacterial infections and stroke.

If you suspect you or someone you know has a hearing problem, honestly assessing the following statements will help you determine whether or not you should see a doctor for a hearing test:

  • I have trouble hearing when there is a lot of background noise
  • It is difficult for me to keep up with a conversation when multiple people talk at once
  • People complain that I turn the TV or radio volume up too high
  • I frequently hear a ringing, roaring, or hissing sound
  • I often have to ask people to repeat themselves

Fortunately modern technology has made life with hearing problems much more manageable and safe.  Depending on the type of hearing loss you suffer from, your doctor can help you find the right solution for your lifestyle.  Hearing aids are much more discreet than they used to be, and personal and TV listening systems can help by eliminating or reducing background noises.  Cochlear implants have become a more popular option for those suffering from severe hearing loss.

For more information on hearing loss and the treatment options, visit the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders’ website.