May is Better Hearing & Speech Month

Should You See an Audiologist?

au·di·ol·o·gist—Audiologists are health care professionals who provide patient-centered care in the prevention, identification, diagnosis, and evidence-based treatment of hearing, balance, tinnitus, and other hearing disorders for people of all ages.

Answer these questions to help you decide if you should make an appointment to have your hearing checked with an audiologist.

  • Do you have a problem hearing on the phone?

  • Do you hear better in one ear than the other when on the phone?

  • Do you have a hard time understanding the conversation when more than one person is talking at the same time?

  • Do your friends and family tell you that you turn the TV volume up too high?

  • Do you have to listen carefully to understand conversation?

  • Do you have trouble hearing when it is noisy?

  • Do you have trouble hearing in restaurants?

  • Do you have dizziness, pain, or ringing in your ears?

  • Do you find yourself asking people to repeat themselves?

  • Do family members or coworkers say that you miss what they said?

  • Do many people you talk to seem to mumble (or not speak clearly)?

  • Do you respond inappropriately after misunderstanding what people say?

  • Do you have trouble understanding women and children?

  • Do people get upset because you don’t understand what they say?

If you answered yes to more than one of these questions and you are concerned, see an audiologist to have your hearing checked.

Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association