Hearing loss is extremely common—about 10 percent of Americans have some hearing loss, and the figure is over 30 percent for people over age 65. It can be a normal part of the aging process and, for many, an inevitable result of living in a noisy society.

If you answer “yes” to some of these questions, it’s time to get your hearing checked.

  • Do I often ask people to repeat themselves? Do people often seem to be mumbling?
  • Do I often feel tired or stressed during conversations?
  • Do I often misunderstand conversations? Do I not get jokes because I miss too much of the story?
  • Do I turn up the volume on TVs so high that others complain?
  • Do I have trouble understanding speech in noisy places?
  • Do I find that when I look at people I can more easily understand what they are saying?