Harvard Health Letter

Do you need a hearing test?

People who feel that everyone is mumbling and have a hard time carrying on a conversation in a noisy environment may have hearing loss. The condition may be caused by aging, genes, or nerve cell damage from too much exposure to loud noise. People with symptoms of hearing loss should see an ear, nose, and throat doctor to determine if difficulty hearing represents hearing loss or results from infection, earwax buildup, or tumor growth. Hearing loss may be treated with hearing aids.
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