Ten Ways to Recognize Hearing Loss: Adolescents (11- to 21-Year Visits)

1.Do you have a problem hearing over the telephone?
2.Do you have trouble following the conversation when two or more people are talking at the same time?
3.Do people complain that you turn the TV volume up too high?
4.Do you have to strain to understand conversation?
5.Do you have trouble hearing in a noisy background?
6.Do you find yourself asking people to repeat themselves?
7.Do many people you talk to seem to mumble (or not speak clearly)?
8.Do you misunderstand what others are saying and respond inappropriately?
9.Do you have trouble understanding the speech of women and children?
10.Do people get annoyed because you misunderstand what they say?
  • Adapted from: National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders. Ten Ways to Recognize Hearing Loss. Bethesda, MD: National Institute of Health; 2006. NIH publication 01-4913. Available at: