Assessing Your Risk

There are many factors that can contribute to hearing loss. These factors can be divided into three categories:

social, emotional, and medical.

Social signs of hearing loss include:

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Requiring frequent repetition in conversation

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Increased difficulty following conversations

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Thinking that others mumble all of the time

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Answering inappropriately in conversation

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Watching TV or listening to the radio at uncomfortably high volumes

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Avoiding noisy situations

Emotional signs of hearing loss include:

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Being easily stressed or annoyed by conversation

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Avoiding meeting new people

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Appearing nervous about trying to hear or understand speech

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Withdrawing from social situations the individual once enjoyed

Medical signs of hearing loss include:

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Having a family history of hearing loss

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Taking medications containing ototoxic chemicals

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Diabetes

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Having heart, circulation or thyroid problems