I talk to a lot of people about their hearing. I often hear from folks that they know they don’t hear as well as they used to, but they get along okay. While this might be true, hearing loss happens gradually over time. People tend to adjust to their circumstances over time as well, and may not even realize how dramatically their hearing problems have affected their lives. Following are some questions to ask yourself to determine if it may be time to do something about your hearing.

1. Have you ever felt embarrassed as a result of hearing loss? Have you avoided certain social situations because of it?

2. Does a hearing problem cause you to feel frustrated when talking to members of your family? Has it caused arguments?

3. Does a hearing problem cause you to enjoy some of your favorite activities less often? (i.e. visiting with family, friends, or neighbors; attend religious services; card games; concerts; sporting events, etc.)

4. Do you have difficulty hearing people who speak softly or when people whisper?

5. Do you feel isolated when you are with a group because you can’t follow or contribute to conversation?

6. Have you ever been made to feel ignorant or stupid because you can’t hear people well?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, it may be time to take action. A hearing evaluation is easy and painless, and at Eichler Hearing it is free.