Losing the ability to hear is a common problem. Although there are a variety of causes of this loss, it is often due to aging. 90-95% of the time an individual may be helped by using a hearing aid. This is a good reason to have your ears tested if you are struggling to hear or struggling with any of the areas that will be mentioned below. You would be wise to seek out a professional audiologist rather than get a free screening. You will probably not find out what you really need to know until you do so anyway.
Many times people are not willing to admit that they have a problem that could require a hearing aid. In many cases, people will not decide to do anything for 7 years before finally choosing to take care of it. Often times it is a loved one who really notices that you have a problem, and by then you may have been struggling for a long time. The inability to hear does not just affect you. It affects all of those around you.
Although the symptoms of not being able to hear are probably not limited to these, if you find that many of these are the case then you would be wise to look a little further into your ears. Do not be afraid to do so because it will only help you in the long run.
If you have trouble hearing in a noisy environment then your problem could be with your ears. This is also the case if you often avoid areas that are noisy. If you struggle hearing your pastor speaking from the pulpit then this could also mean something is wrong. It could also mean that the speaker system is not working well. If other areas are also true though such as thinking people are always mumbling, being able to hear people but not understand them, and being accused often of having the television turned up way too high then you should have someone take a closer look. All of these areas could be signs that you need to have a detailed testing done of your ears. If you have one or two of these areas that you could say you have a problem with then it might mean nothing, but you still may want to look into it.
It is not worth it to put off getting tested when you see that you have obvious symptoms of needing a hearing aid. Your problem may not require one or they might find that one will not help, but at least you will have done your part to check it out. It will be wonderful for your children, grandchildren, and friends to be able to communicate with you as they are meant to.