Health Concerns: Head to Toe : Older Adults : Hearing Problems
What is audiology?
Audiology is the clinical evaluation and management of hearing and balance problems in people of all ages. It also involves the fitting and management of hearing aids and other hearing assistive devices.
The specialist who practices audiology is called an audiologist.
Signs that may indicate the need to see an audiologist for a hearing evaluation:
Problems hearing over the telephone
Trouble following conversations when two or more people speak at once
Trouble following conversations in a setting with a noisy background
Confusion about where sounds are located
Having to ask people to repeat themselves
Problems hearing or understanding speech of children or women
Most people seem to mumble or not speak clearly
Problems with misunderstanding others and making inappropriate responses
Others notice that television volume is high
Missing sounds of telephone or doorbell ringing
Avoiding activities because of problems with hearing and understanding speech