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5 Minute Hearing Quiz, Especially for Seniors

December 10, 2014 | Category: Hearing Loss

This is a small resource that can be a helpful tool, especially for Seniors. This is a test you can take yourself or print out for a friend or family member. One of the most critical parts of the test is to be honest. Hearing loss is something that many people struggle with needlessly due to the vast amount of research and tools available to us today. We understand the embarrassment that may be felt due to a loss of hearing however consider the alternative of spending years avoid social situations or asking people to speak up.

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Answer each of the following questions

Scoring guide at bottom of page.

1. I have a problem hearing over the telephone.
Almost Always
Half of the time
Occasionally
Never

2. I have trouble following the conversation when two or more people are talking at the same time.
Almost Always
Half of the time
Occasionally
Never

3. People complain that I turn the TV volume too high.
Almost Always
Half of the time
Occasionally
Never

4. I have to strain to understand conversations.
Almost Always
Half of the time
Occasionally
Never

5. I miss hearing some common sounds like the phone or doorbell ringing.
Almost Always
Half of the time
Occasionally
Never

6. I have trouble hearing conversations in a noisy background such as a party.
Almost Always
Half of the time
Occasionally
Never

7. I get confused about where sounds come from
Almost Always
Half of the time
Occasionally
Never

8. I misunderstand some words in a sentence and need to ask people to repeat themselves.
Almost Always
Half of the time
Occasionally
Never

9. I especially have trouble understanding the speech of women and children.
Almost Always
Half of the time
Occasionally
Never

10. I have worked in noisy environments (assembly line, jackhammers, jet engines, ect.)
Almost Always
Half of the time
Occasionally
Never

11. Many people I talk to seem to mumble (or don’t speak clearly).
Almost Always
Half of the time
Occasionally
Never

12. People get annoyed because I misunderstand what they say.
Almost Always
Half of the time
Occasionally
Never

13. I misunderstand what others are saying and make inappropriate responses.
Almost Always
Half of the time
Occasionally
Never

14. I avoid social activities because I cannot hear well and fear I’ll reply improperly.
Almost Always
Half of the time
Occasionally
Never

To be answered by a family member or friend: 15. Do you think this person has a hearing loss?
Almost Always
Half of the time
Occasionally
Never

SCORING

To calculate your score, give yourself 3 points for every time you checked the “Almost always” column, 2 for every “Half the time,” 1 for every “Occasionally,” and 0 for every “Never.” If you have a blood relative who has a hearing loss, add another 3 points. Then total your points.

The American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery recommends the following:

0 to 5 – Your hearing is fine. No action is required.

6 to 9 – Suggest you see an ear-nose-and-throat (ENT) specialist.

10 and above – Strongly recommend you see an ear physician.

More Information:
This quiz was field- tested on 71 older patients in five cities; audiograms were also run on them. Results showed that those whose quiz scores indicated a need to see a physician were confirmed, on the audiogram, as having a hearing impairment. Mark the column that best describes the frequency with which you experience each situation or feeling.