When to See an Audiologist

Hearing loss can happen at any age and for many reasons. Hearing loss can be congenital, or present at birth, or can develop suddenly at any age due to medical conditions or certain medications. Generally, hearing loss is associated with aging and develops gradually later in life.

Hearing should be monitored if you have a history of:

You may need to see an audiologist for a hearing evaluation if you:

  • Have difficulty hearing over the telephone
  • Have trouble following conversations when two or more people speak at once or in a setting with a noisy background
  • Are confused about where sounds are coming from
  • Often ask people to repeat themselves
  • Have problems hearing or understanding speech of children or women
  • Believe most people mumble
  • Misunderstand others or respond inappropriately
  • Miss sounds of telephone or doorbell ringing
  • Avoid activities because of problems with hearing and understanding speech