Harvard Health Letter

Do you need a hearing test?

When everyone around you is mumbling, it may be time for a check-up.

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Consider a hearing check from an audiologist if conversations sound garbled.

Hearing loss affects one in three older adults, and it's usually the result of aging. But most people tend to ignore the clues that their hearing is not what it used to be. "The symptoms creep up gradually, and they're often much more apparent to other people than to us," says Dr. Steven Rauch, an ear, nose, and throat (ENT) specialist at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary.

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