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 talking.
A consultation with a physician or an audiologist (specialist in testing hearing) can offer options to help you hear what you may be missing.
Some people are thrust into the role of caregiver abruptly. After a loved one has a sudden illness, he or she may obviously need a lot of help.
But often, caregiving is a gradual process with few clear dividing lines. How do you know when you've really become a caregiver? When is it time to start taking more control over a relative's life -- and to start taking control away? And how will your new responsibilities caring for someone else affect the rest of your life?