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.
Things to Consider
Select the number (on a scale of 1-3) that best describes your situation for each item or issue. You can total your scores if you wish to get a big picture of the situation. Lower scores indicate less manageable situations -- situations requiring additional support beyond the primary caregiver -- and higher scores indicate situations that may be more readily managed.
For the care recipient and caregiver:
_____ (1) There are no community support services available