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Hearing Self-Test

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CAN YOU BELIEVE YOUR EARS? A self-test for hearing loss.

___Do you notice that you are "favoring " one ear over the other?
___Do you find yourself asking others to repeat themselves?
___Do people seem to mumble making it hard for you to understand?
___Do you have problems understanding children's and women's voices?
___Do you have difficulty following conversations while riding in a car?
___Do you find yourself turning up the volume on your radio or television?
___Do you find it difficult to follow conversations in crowded rooms?
___Do you want or need to sit closer to the front in church or movies?
___Do you sometimes find that during normal conversations you've raised the volume of your speaking voice and seem to be almost shouting?

If you answered "yes" to even one of these questions, we strongly urge you to see an audiologist for a hearing test.

Why some kids don't pay attention...
Ninety-five percent of all children under age five experience some sort of ear infection greatly increasing the possibility of long-term damage. Making problems worse, hearing problems in children often are mistaken for hyperactivity or learning disabilities.

Sound advice for everyone...
Avoid exposure to loud noises. Prolonged exposure to sound levels above 90 decibels (the level of most power mowers) can cause permanent damage to your hearing. Noise induced losses can be prevented by using ear protection.

That ringing in your ears could be a wake up call!
Tinnitus - a recurrent ringing or buzzing in your ears - effects as many as 40 million Americans. Sometimes it results from exposure to sudden loud noise, and may subside to a low but persistent level. Other times it can be caused by an infection, fluid in the middle ear, or even wax buildup. No matter what the source, tinnitus is telling you that it's time to see your physician or audiologist.

Do not tune out the symptoms of a hearing loss. Studies show that people who notice problems with their hearing wait an average of seven years before having it tested. Experts say that even a slight change in your audio perception is reason enough to have your hearing checked immmediately.


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