How to Detect Hearing Loss
Since residing in Center City, Philadelphia I have become more aware of people having a hearing loss. In the classes that I take at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Temple University, a lifelong learning academy for people 50 years and older, many people ask for others to repeat things and or to speak louder. The English speaking movies in my movie class are shown with English subtitles.
Hearing loss affects 48 million people in the United states alone. One out of three people over age 65, and two out of three people over 75, have some degree of hearing loss. People with hearing loss wait an average of seven years before seeking help.
According to the Better Hearing Institute, you might have hearing loss if you . . .
- require frequent repetition.
- have difficulty following conversations involving more than 2 people.
- think that other people sound muffled or like they’re mumbling.
- have difficulty hearing in noisy situations, like conferences, restaurants, malls, or crowded meeting rooms.
- have trouble hearing children and women.
- have your TV or radio turned up to a high volume.
- answer or respond inappropriately in conversations.
- have ringing in your ears.
- read lips or more intently watch people’s faces when they speak with you.
- feel stressed out from straining to hear what others are saying.
- feel annoyed at other people because you can’t hear or understand them.
- feel embarrassed to meet new people or from misunderstanding what others are saying.
- feel nervous about trying to hear and understand.
- withdraw from social situations that you once enjoyed because of difficulty hearing.
- have a family history of hearing loss.
- take medications that can harm the hearing system.
- have diabetes, heart, circulation or thyroid problems.
If you or a loved one or friend is experiencing hearing loss contact a health care professional. This is an opportunity to improved your quality of life and be engaged with activities and stay connected with the special people in your life.
Linda I. Koven, MSW, LCSW
Professional Care Manager