Hearing Loss Self-Test
Many adults or children may suffer from hearing loss and not even know it. In this article we will go over the different signs you should look for, that might indicate you or your child may suffer from loss of hearing. This self-test will allow you to know if its time to see an audiologist.
According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing association (ASHA), there are behaviors or symptoms associated with hearing damage that you should look for, in order to know if its time for your child to undergo a hearing health screening. These signs include:
· Your child is inconsistently responding to sound.
· Language and speech development is delayed.
· Speech is unclear.
· Volume is turned up high on electronic equipment (radio, TV, CD player, etc.).
· Your child does not follow directions.
· Your child often says, “Huh?”
· Your child does not respond when called.
If you believe you might suffer from hearing loss, the following questions provided by ASHA, will help you know if you should visit your local Miami Hearing Center. If most of these questions are answered with “yes”, you might need to get a hearing test.
· Do you have a problem hearing over the telephone?
· Do you hear better through one ear than the other when you are on the telephone?
· Do you have trouble following the conversation with two or more people talking at the same time?
· Do people complain that you turn the TV volume up too high?
· Do you have to strain to understand conversation?
· Do you have trouble hearing in a noisy background?
· Do you have trouble hearing in restaurants?
· Do you have dizziness, pain, or ringing in your ears?
· Do you find yourself asking people to repeat themselves?
· Do family members or coworkers remark about your missing what has been said?
· Do many people you talk to seem to mumble (or not speak clearly)?
· Do you misunderstand what others are saying and respond inappropriately?
· Do you have trouble understanding the speech of women and children?
· Do people get annoyed because you misunderstand what they say?
Visit your local Miami Hearing Center where an audiologist will be able to better assess your condition.