Published on March 27, 2018

Say that again, please!

Do family or friends complain your TV is too loud?

In conversations, do people often have to repeat themselves because you didn’t hear them?

senior can't hear tvAlthough you may not realize it—or want to admit it—you could be getting hard of hearing.

Many people lose some hearing as they age. In fact, hearing loss is one of the most common health problems facing seniors. “And it’s a potentially dangerous one,” says Molly Crumley, Mercy LIFE Sharon Hill Center Director. “For instance, if you can’t hear well, you may have trouble understanding or following advice from your doctor. Or you might not hear a smoke alarm, a doorbell or a car horn.”

It’s important to tell your doctor if you suspect you have a hearing problem. He or she can test your hearing and help you figure out options if you’ve lost some hearing. There are many devices that can help with hearing, including several types of hearing aids. 

Take this test

Because it happens slowly, hearing loss can sneak up on you. If you answer yes to some of these questions, you may need to have your hearing tested:

  • Are you embarrassed to meet people because it’s hard to hear? 
  • Do you feel frustrated when talking to loved ones? 
  • Is it hard to hear in movie theaters or restaurants? 
  • Does your hearing limit your social life? 
  • Do you argue with family or friends about your hearing? 
  • Is it hard to hear the TV even when others can hear it well? 
  • Do you attend religious services less often because you can’t hear well?