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50+: Live Better, Longer

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Your Hearing: Are You Losing It?

Are You Losing It?

WebMD Feature

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.

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