Hearing Impairment

Questions to Determine Hearing Difficulty and Grandparenting Index

Grandparents: Grandparenting and hearing difficulty. Living with hearing impairment.

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How Do You Know You Are Hearing Impaired?
Grandparents and Your Grandchildren Today

By DH Owens

Grandparents: Living with hearing difficulty or even severe hearing  impairment is occasionally part of aging.


How Do I Know I Am Hearing Impaired?

Actually, you probably suspect you are hearing impaired long before you admit it, even to yourself. In fact, grandparents often suspect they are hearing impaired because they can not understand their grandchildren’s high-pitched conversations.

Or both of your grandchildren are talking to you at once. You can not understand either one.

Place a check by any of the following statements you feel describe you. The more of these statements you check, the more likely it is that you have a substantial hearing impairment.

___ You have more trouble hearing women and children than men.

___ You often have to ask people to repeat when they say.  

___ People often ask you to turn down your music, TV, or radio.

___ You have trouble hearing the TV or radio although others seem to hear it easily.

___ You often hear a hissing, ringing, or roaring in your ears: .  

___ You have more trouble hearing or understanding when there is background noise.

___ You have more trouble hearing when two or more people talk at once.

___ You have trouble hearing on the telephone.

___ You have to strain to hear many conversations. 

___ You often respond inappropriately to what others say to you. 

___ More and more people seem to be mumbling or not speaking clearly.

___ You hear much better when you can see someone’s face.

___ Some sounds actually seem too loud to you.  

___ You often misunderstand names and numbers.



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___ In fact, you misunderstand what people say with greater and greater frequency.

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