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Hearing loss doesn’t discriminate. It affects any age, gender, or race, and you may have an increased risk based on a medical condition or you daily level of noise exposure.

Roughly 38 million Americans are currently living with hearing loss and in most cases, symptoms gradually develop, so it may take a while to notice that anything is wrong.

Difficulty hearing in loud situations, muffled sounds, or ringing in your ears all may be indications of hearing loss. Sound familiar? Take the quick self-test below to see if your ears are functioning properly, or if you should seek in-depth testing from our staff in Cortland, New York.

Check yourself or someone you know with these questions.

    • Do people seem to mumble, making it hard for you to understand them?

    • Do you have difficulty following certain women's and children's voices?

    • Do you notice that you are favoring one ear over the other?

    • Do you have difficulty following conversations while riding in the car?

    • Do you turn up the volume on the TV, radio or stereo?

    • Do you find it difficult to follow conversations in a crowded room?

    • Do you find yourself asking others to repeat themselves?

If you answered "Yes" to any of these questions, we urge you to contact our office for a consultation.


Almost Always
Half the


I have a problem hearing over the phone.
I have trouble following the conversation when two or more people are talking at the same time.
People complain that I turn the TV volume too high.
I have to strain to understand conversations.
I have trouble hearing conversations in a noisy background such as a party.
I miss hearing some common sounds like the phone or doorbell ring.
I get confused about where sounds come from.
I misunderstand some words in a sentence and need to ask people to repeat them.
I especially have trouble understanding the speech of women and children.
I have worked in noisy environments.
Many people mumble when they talk.
People get annoyed because I misunderstand what is being said.
I misunderstand what others are saying and make inappropriate responses.
I avoid social activities because I cannot hear well and fear that I'll reply improperly.

To be answered by a family member :
Do you think this person has a hearing loss?
Do you have a blood relative with hearing loss?



Your Score    


What does this mean?
Score Analysis
0-5 Your hearing is good
6-9 Suggest a hearing evaluation
10 and Above Strongly recommend a hearing evaluation


If you scored above 5, we suggest that you receive a hearing evaluation. If you'd like to receive more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact us.