Do you suspect that you are not hearing as well as you used to be?The following questions will allow you to make a quick assessment and identify the problems your hearing loss may be causing you. Test Your Hearing Do people seem to mumble or speak in a softer voice than they used to? Do you feel tired or irritable after a long conversation? Do you sometimes miss key words in a sentence, or frequently need to ask people to repeat themselves? When you are in a group, or in a crowded restaurant, is it difficult for you to follow the conversation? When you are together with other people, does background noise bother you? Do you often need to turn up the volume on your TV or radio? Do you find it difficult to hear the doorbell or the telephone ring? Do you find it difficult to hear water boiling when you are in the kitchen? Is carrying on a telephone conversation difficult? Do you find it difficult to pinpoint where an object is (e.g. an alarm clock or a telephone) from the noise it makes? Has someone close to you mentioned that you might have a problem with your hearing loss? How Did You Do? Your answers to these questions only provide an early indication of whether your hearing is impaired or not. If you have answered yes to one or more of the questions you should contact your hearing care professional and ask for a thorough evaluation.