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How do you know if you need a hearing aid?

12 questions to ask yourself

Published: February 2014

Does hearing loss interfere with your daily routine? Answer "yes," "sometimes," or "no" to each of the 12 questions below. Then add up your score. If your total is 12 or higher, you have a hearing problem, which is probably interfering with your participation in daily activities, and you may need a hearing aid. Our hearing aid buying guide will give you step-by-step directions toward finding the right provider and getting a hearing aid that suits your needs. If you have sudden hearing loss or notice that you can hear in only one ear, see a physician right away.

Yes (4 points)

Sometimes (2 points)

No (0 points)

Yes (4)

Sometimes (2)

No (0)

Yes (4)

Sometimes (2)

No (0)

Yes (4)

Sometimes (2)

No (0)

Yes (4)

Sometimes (2)

No (0)

Yes (4)

Sometimes (2)

No (0)

Yes (4)

Sometimes (2)

No (0)

Yes (4)

Sometimes (2)

No (0)

Yes (4)

Sometimes (2)

No (0)

Yes (4)

Sometimes (2)

No (0)

Yes (4)

Sometimes (2)

No (0)

Yes (4)

Sometimes (2)

No (0)

Editor's Note: Used by permission of Barbara E. Weinstein, Ph.D., Matilda Wissner, Au.D., and Sapna Mehta, The Graduate Center–City University of New York.
   

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