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Should you be screened for a hearing problem?

When to get tested so you don't miss out on the sounds around you.

"What?" How often do you have to ask this one-word question during conversations? If the answer is often, you could have a hearing problem.

Nearly one-third of adults ages 65 to 74 and almost 50% of those age 75 or older have at least some degree of hearing loss, according to the National Institutes of Health. First to go are the high-frequency sounds—the "s" and "th" sounds in words. Later, lower-frequency sounds become muffled too.

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