When a person has hearing loss, the person’s spouse or partner may notice the problem first. Early warning signs include asking people to repeat themselves, thinking everyone is mumbling, and missing important sounds like alarms and doorbells. People who have such early warning signs may need a physical exam and a hearing test. For some people, a hearing aid will improve hearing. Many hearing aids now feature high-tech options, such as digital sound that can be programmed and adjusted using a smartphone, and the ability to wirelessly connect a hearing aid to a smartphone for calls.
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