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Signs of Hearing Impairment


If you answer "yes" to any of the following questions, you should consider having your hearing tested.

  • Do you answer questions incorrectly because you misunderstand what people say?

  • Do people seem to mumble or slur their words?

  • Do you have trouble hearing conversations when there is background noise, such as in a restaurant?

  • Do you have difficulty understanding the TV or radio and must turn the volume up?

  • Do certain sounds seem overly loud or annoying?

The following signs can indicate a hearing problem in children:

  • Delay in starting to speak or problems with pronunciation

  • Inattention

  • Frequent or recurring ear infections

  • Asking for the volume to be turned up or sitting very close to the TV

  • Difficulties in school