There’s an old song that goes, “Spring is here. Why doesn’t my heart go dancing?” Why, indeed? Well, it could be because the guy in the song didn’t watch out for his hearing the last time spring rolled around. Spring is a pretty and gentle season, in many ways, but it can also pack quite […]
Hearing aids get treated with about as much respect as TV remotes. The goal is often to just keep the batteries fresh. There’s too much worth hearing to risk missing it because of the uncertain life-expectancy of a standard battery. There are a lot of very important personal electronics in our lives these days. The […]
A lot of people have diabetes. A lot of people with diabetes have hearing loss. What’s the connection between these two silent but devastating medical conditions? Diabetes and hearing loss aren’t two conditions you expect to see in the same sentence. After all, what do blood sugar and sound have to do with each other? […]
Hearing Health Quick Test
To score the Hearing Health Quick Test, score 2 points for Yes, 1 point for Sometimes, and 0 points for No. Scores of 3 or more may mean that you have a hearing problem. Scores of 6 or more strongly suggest that a hearing check is warranted.
Question 1 of 15
Do you find it difficult to follow a conversation in a noisy restaurant and/or crowded room?
Question 2 of 15
Do you sometimes feel that people are mumbling or not speaking clearly?
Question 3 of 15
Do you experience difficulty following dialog in the theater?
Question 4 of 15
Do you sometimes find it difficult to understand a speaker at a public meeting or a religious service?
Question 5 of 15
Do you find yourself asking people to speak up or repeat themselves?
Question 6 of 15
Do you find men’s voices easier to understand than women’s and/or children’s?
Question 7 of 15
Do you experience difficulty understanding soft or whispered speech?
Question 8 of 15
Do you have difficulty understanding speech on the telephone?
Question 9 of 15
Does a hearing problem cause you to feel embarrassed when meeting new people?
Question 10 of 15
Do you feel challenged by a hearing problem?
Question 11 of 15
Does a hearing problem cause you to visit friends, relatives or neighbors less often than you would like?
Question 12 of 15
Do you experience ringing or noises in your ears?
Question 13 of 15
Do you hear better with one ear than the other?
Question 14 of 15
Have you had any significant noise exposure during work or recreation?
Question 15 of 15
Have any of your relatives (by birth) had a hearing loss?