Should I talk to my doctor about my hearing impairment symptoms?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Yes, you should talk to your doctor about your hearing impairment symptoms. Aside from the social frustration of missing parts of conversations and worrying that people are tired of repeating themselves, it is best to diagnose hearing impairment early for three reasons: first, if you are currently doing damage to your hearing you will become aware of it and be able to prevent worse damage; second, conductive hearing impairment is treatable and can worsen if it isn't treated; third, even permanent hearing loss can be made less of an inconvenience with hearing aids. In children, early diagnosis is especially important because hearing impairment can delay the development of communication skills. Treatment for hearing impairment is considered to improve your quality of life.

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