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.
If you're a caregiver, the work can seem endless and the responsibilities overwhelming. You might feel like you're facing it completely alone.
But that's not the case. No matter what your situation -- in terms of your family support and finances -- you can get help. It's out there. Caregivers just need to know how -- and where -- to ask for it.