To get an idea of how well you hear, answer the following quesions and then calcualte your score. To calculate your score, give yourself 3 points for every “Almost always” answer, 2 points for every “Half the time” answer, 1 point for every “Occasionally” answer, and 0 for every “Never.” Please note: If hearing loss runs in your family, add an additional 3 points to your overall score.
|I have a problem hearing over the telephone
Half the time
I have trouble following the conversation when two or more people are talking at the same time
People complain that I turn the TV volume too high
I have to strain to understand conversations
I miss hearing some common sounds like the phone or doorbell ring
I have trouble hearing conversations in a noisy background, such as a party
|I get confused about where sounds come from
Half the time
I misunderstand some words in a sentence and need to ask people to repeat themselves
I especially have trouble understanding the speech of women and children
I have worked in noisy environments (such as assembly lines, contstruction sites, or near jet engines)
Many people I talk to seem to mumble, or don’t speak clearly
|People get annoyed because I misunderstand what they say
Half the time
I misunderstand what others are saying and make inappropriate responses
I avoid social activities because I cannot hear well and fear I’ll make improper replies.
Ask a family member or friend to answer this question: Do you think this person has a hearing loss?
What can I do to improve my hearing?
Eliminate or lower unnecessary noises around you.
Let friends and family know about your hearing loss and ask them to speak slowly and more clearly.
Ask people to face you when they are speaking to you, so you can watch their faces and see their expressions.
Utilize sound amplifying devices on phones.
Use personal listening systems to reduce background noise.
Tips to maintain hearing health
If you work in noisy places or commute to work in noisy traffic or construction, choose quiet leisure activities instead of noisy ones.
Develop the habit of wearing earplugs when you know you will be exposed to noise for a long time.
Earplugs can reduce the volume of sound reaching the ear to a safer level.
Try not to use several noisy machines at the same time.
Try to keep television sets, stereos and headsets low in volume
The American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery recommends the following:
0-5 points—Your hearing is fine. No action is required.
6-9 points—Suggest you see an ear, nose, and throat (ENT) specialist.
10+ points—Strongly recommend you see an ear, nose, and throat (ENT) specialist.