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March 30, 2023

By: Lindsay Beckler, AuD

How can I recognize hearing problems?

doctor looking in patients ear

Hearing problems rarely cause discomfort or pain, and because the hearing loss process is gradual, it’s common to adapt to hearing loss without realizing it. If you think you might be experiencing hearing loss, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Do I often ask people to repeat themselves?
  • Do I have trouble following conversations with more than two people?
  • Do I have difficulty hearing what is said unless facing the speaker?
  • Do I struggle to hear in crowded places like restaurants, malls and meeting rooms?
  • Do I have a hard time hearing women or children?
  • Do I prefer the TV or radio volume louder than others?
  • Do I experience ringing or buzzing in the ears?
  • Do I think other people are mumbling or slurring their words?

If you answered yes to several of these questions, chances are you might be suffering from hearing loss and you should have your hearing checked.

Prevention and Early Detection of Hearing Loss are Important

Don’t wait until you show signs of hearing loss. Have your hearing examined by your doctor during your regular checkup. A basic hearing evaluation usually includes a quick look in the ear with an special light for looking into the ear canal and other checks to assess the sounds you can hear.

Your doctor may refer you to a hearing specialist (audiologist) or other healthcare doctor who is qualified to test hearing if you

  • Have a history of exposure to loud noise,
  • Feel your hearing has changed, or
  • Have family or friends that say you have trouble hearing and understanding them. Those around us can be the first to notice our hearing problems.

Book an appointment today

If you need to see an audiologist, it’s vital that you book an appointment with the right specialist. With SightMD, your hearing health is in great hands. Contact us today to set up an appointment at one of our seven Long Island locations to get some peace of mind about your hearing.