Answer "Yes" or "No" to each question, and count the total number of "Yes" answers.
Do you have a problem hearing over the telephone?
Do you have trouble following the conversation when two or more people are talking at once?
Do people complain that you turn the TV volume up too high?
Do you have to strain to understand conversation?
Do you have trouble hearing when there is noise in the background?
Do you find yourself asking people to repeat themselves?
Do many people you talk to seem to mumble, or not speak clearly?
Do you misunderstand what others are saying and respond inappropriately?
Do you have trouble understanding the speech of women and children?
Do people get annoyed because you misunderstand what they say?
If you answered "Yes" to three or more questions, you will probably want to take the next step and have your hearing professionally tested.
A hearing examination is also recommended if you hear ringing, roaring, or hissing sounds a lot, or if some ordinary sounds are painfully loud to you, or if you or your family have any concerns about your hearing ability.