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"If I had a hearing loss, I would know about it." 

Fact or Fiction?

More often than not, hearing loss doesn’t just happen immediately. It is a combination of age, prolonged exposure to noise, lifestyle habits and other factors. The negative stigma of “not wanting to look old” or a lack of information leads most people who could benefit from hearing aids to wait 5-7 years before they see an audiologist. That’s a long time!

Oftentimes, the best way to know if you have a hearing loss is to ask a loved one you spend frequent time with. Hearing loss is gradual and takes time before getting bad enough to notice. When getting fitted for new hearing aids, the familiar voice of someone you know serves as a basis for comparison. That’s why audiologists recommend that you bring a friend or loved one with you to the appointment when having your hearing tested.

Do you have difficulty hearing? Take our online hearing test here and get more information about your hearing health. Use the test results to start the conversation with an audiologist.

Ready to visit a hearing professional? Use our Local Clinic Finder find a location near you to discuss hearing aid options.