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How can you tell if you or someone near you has hearing loss?
Turning up the television or radio is a very common sign of a hearing loss. The appropriate volume may seem too loud to others. Focusing on one speaker in a crowded or noisy environment is often especially difficult for a person with a hearing loss. In a car, the engine, road or wind noise can make it hard to hear a conversation, the radio, or important traffic sounds. People with a hearing loss frequently feel that others mumble or need to repeat what they've said. Often, a person will hear, but not understand, what's being said. Social occasions are often difficult for a person with hearing loss. Background noise, such as music or group conversations, can become overwhelming, making it impossible to participate in a conversation.
It's easy to forget how much we rely on our hearing every day. Sirens, automobile horns, and other people are only a few of the things that we need to be able to hear clearly. speaker's voice. Many facilities have assistive listening devices available for those with hearing loss. Cupping your hand behind your ear can help a little, but it's no substitute for a properly fitted hearing instrument. And remember, hearing loss is more noticeable than a hearing aid in your ears.