April 24, 2000 (Bethesda, Md.) -- Certain factors point to a possible loss
of hearing. According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other
Communication Disorders, you should suspect a problem if:
You have a problem hearing over the telephone.
You have to strain to understand conversations.
You often ask people to repeat themselves.
Others complain that you turn the television volume too high.
You have difficulty following the conversation when two or more people are
A consultation with a physician or an audiologist (specialist in testing
hearing) can offer options to help you hear what you may be missing.
For each item, select the number that best describes your situation. Total your scores to get a big picture. Lower scores indicate less manageable situations; higher scores indicate situations that may be more readily managed.
The care receiver:
_____ (1) Has few if any financial assets
_____ (2) Doesn't qualify for government assistance programs
_____ (3) Is financially able to pay for needed support and care
_____ (1) Has no financial assets to give to the patient's care