If you are worried that you might have hearing loss, you aren’t alone. Many people lose their hearing slowly as they age.
In India, 63 million people (6.3%) suffer from significant auditory loss.
It’s also possible to develop hearing loss due to noise. This is true at any age – and it can happen suddenly or over time.
Start by talking with your doctor. Your doctor may refer you to a hearing specialist for a hearing test.
Hearing problems are serious.
Hearing loss can be frustrating and even dangerous.
If you have hearing loss, you may:
Have trouble hearing doorbells or alarms
Miss important directions or warnings
Feel alone or depressed
Have other health problems
The good news is that if you have a hearing problem, there are things you can do to hear better. That’s why it’s important to get your hearing checked.
How do I know if I have hearing loss?
If you have hearing loss, you may have trouble hearing or understanding family members, friends, or coworkers.
It may also help to ask yourself these questions:
Do you often ask people to repeat themselves?
Do you hear ringing in your ears?
Do you have trouble hearing the TV or radio when others don't?
Do you have trouble hearing when there’s noise in the background?
If you answered yes to some of these questions, you may have hearing loss.
What can I do if I have hearing loss?
There are many products that can help with hearing loss:
Special phones and smartphone apps that make sounds louder
Tools to help you hear in places like a classroom or theater (called assistive listening devices)
TV settings that also show text (called closed captioning)
Flashing lights to let you know when an alarm or doorbell is ringing
Hearing aids you wear in or behind your ear
If you think you have hearing loss, a doctor can help you figure out which options are right for you.
Take steps to find out if you have hearing loss.
Ask your doctor about a hearing test.
Talk to your friends and family.
If you have trouble hearing, your friends and family need to know. They can make small changes to help you hear better when they talk. Ask them to:
Find a quiet place to talk where there isn’t a lot of background noise
Face you, speak louder, and talk clearly
Keep their hands away from their mouths while they talk
Avoid eating or chewing gum while talking with you
Repeat what they said if you didn’t hear it the first time
Write down important information for you
Protect your ears from loud noises.
Loud noises can cause hearing loss – no matter how old you are. Wear earplugs or special earmuffs if you are going to be around loud sounds, like at a construction site or a concert. This can help prevent damage to your hearing.