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Understanding hearing loss

Understanding hearing loss

Hearing may begin declining as early as age 40. By 65, one out of every three people has trouble hearing. This number increases to one out of every two individuals aged 75 and over. Hearing loss due to aging is a perfectly normal process and does not necessarily indicate declining health.

Here are some telltale signs of hearing loss:

  • You feel like people mumble.
  • You confuse words like “fog” and “frog.”
  • You often ask people to repeat themselves because they are not speaking loud enough, especially people with higher pitched voices, like women and children.
  • You have trouble following conversations in public places because of the surrounding noise.
  • You always turn up the volume on your television as high as possible.
  • You often miss phone calls or the alarm clock because you didn’t hear it ring.
  • You feel like your hearing is not as good as it used to be.

Although this is normal as we age, if you’re experiencing some of these situations in your daily life, it’s time to make an appointment with a hearing health professional to get your hearing checked.

Remember, it can happen to anyone, even if you are in perfect health.

Do you think you have a hearing loss?

True or false ?

I feel like I’m losing my hearing, but I can still hear so I’ll wait before seeing a professional.

FALSE! As with any other health problem, it is important to consult a professional as soon as you notice any signs so the problem can be treated and corrective measures can be applied quickly.

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