If you think you or a loved one may have hearing loss, you are not alone. Often times people notice signs of hearing loss but do not take the steps to get it treated right away. Typically, it takes people an average of seven years to seek treatment. You may have hearing loss if:
You hear people speaking but you have to strain to understand their words.
You frequently ask people to repeat what they said.
You don’t laugh at jokes because you miss too much of the story or the punch line.
You frequently complain that people mumble.
You need to ask others about the details of a meeting you just attended.
You play the TV or radio louder than your friends, spouse and relatives.
You cannot hear the doorbell or the telephone.
You find that looking at people when they speak to you makes it easier to understand.
You miss environmental sounds such as birds or leaves blowing.
You find yourself avoiding certain restaurants because they are too noisy, or certain people, because you cannot understand them.
You hear a ringing sound in your ears, especially when it is quiet.