To find out if you have hearing loss, ask your doctor for a hearing test.
Schedule a hearing test.
If you are over age 65, get tested for hearing loss. Call your doctor or health center and make an appointment for a hearing test.
What about cost?
Private health insurance or Medicare may cover the cost of a hearing test. Check with your insurance provider to find out if you are covered.
You can still get important screening tests even if you don’t have insurance. To learn more, find a health center near you.
Talk to your friends and family.
Your friends and family need to know that you have trouble hearing. Your loved ones can make small changes to help you hear better when they talk. Ask them to:
- Find a quiet place to talk where there isn’t a lot of background noise
- Face you and talk clearly
- Speak slowly
- Keep their hands away from their mouths while they talk
- Avoid eating or chewing gum while talking with you
- Repeat what they said if you didn’t hear it the first time
- Write down important information
Protect your ears from loud noises.
Wear earplugs or special earmuffs if you need to be around loud noises, like construction or concerts. This can help prevent damage to your hearing.