Now hear this: How to know if you have a hearing problem

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Now hear this: How to know if you have a hearing problem

Thursday, April 30, 2015

"Wait. What?"

Do you find yourself saying those words more often these days? If so, you could be among the millions of Americans with some degree of hearing loss.

Hearing loss is a common condition, especially as we age,” said Dr. Althea Grey, Archbold audiologist. “About 20 percent of adults 45 to 64 have some hearing loss. But that figure climbs to almost 50 percent for people 75 and older.”

But Dr. Grey says age isn't the only reason hearing can go bad. Other causes include:

•        Being exposed to loud noise from things like lawnmowers, motorcycles, work equipment or loud music.

•        Having a health condition, such as an infection, head injury, tumor or high blood pressure.

•        Taking certain medications.

·        Having fluid or wax buildup in the ears.

Clues to hearing loss

Ask yourself these questions if you suspect you might have a hard time hearing. Do you:

• Strain to make out conversations, especially when there's background noise or more than one person talking or when you're talking with women or children?

• Say something inappropriate because you misunderstood what another person has said?

• Have trouble hearing people on the phone?

• Get complaints that your TV is too loud?

• Hear near constant ringing, roaring or hissing sounds in your ears?

“If you answered yes to one of the questions, talk with your doctor about whether you should have a hearing test,” said Dr. Grey. “It’s important to remember that there are treatments available that may help improve your hearing include hearing aids, surgical implants or other assistive devices.”

May is Better Hearing and Speech Month. Talk with your physician to learn more about hearing testing.